European Parliament invites Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook breach of data

The European Parliament, Tuesday said it has invited Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg to speak following reports that the company may have improperly gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook came under pressure as U.S, EU call for probes into data practices.

British privacy regulators are seeking a warrant to search the offices of the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, following reports that the company may have improperly gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

“We’ve invited Mark Zuckerberg to the European Parliament,” its President Antonio Tajani tweeted.
“Facebook needs to clarify before the representatives of 500 million Europeans that personal data is not being used to manipulate democracy,” he added.

In the U.S., members of Congress had called on Zuckerberg to testify about Facebook’s actions.

Facebook said on Monday it had hired forensic auditors from the firm Stroz Friedberg to investigate and determine whether Cambridge Analytica still had the data.

“Auditors from Stroz Friedberg were on site at Cambridge Analytica’s London office this evening,” the company said in a statement late Monday.

“At the request of the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which has announced it is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own on-site investigation, the Stroz Friedberg auditors stood down,” it added.

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