Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, EU Official Discuss Privacy Protection

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, EU Official Discuss Privacy Protection

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, EU Official Discuss Privacy Protection

The Federal Trade Commission settled its charges with Facebook in 2011 with its Consent Decree.

The audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers is posted on the FTC's website, though it is heavily redacted.

Reuters that following Facebook's latest user data scandal which allegedly saw the personal data of 50 million users accessed by data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, the company plans to give users greater control over their user data.

Details: The Wall Street Journal reports that a PricewaterhouseCoopers audit-which was required for the social network to comply with a 2011 settlement made with the Federal Trade Commission-was finished a year ago.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared for hearings in front of US lawmakers last week and is now facing pressure from European Union lawmakers to come to Europe and shed light on the data breach involving Cambridge Analytica.

According to DW, representatives of Facebook have not yet commented on the invitation. Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, and Ashlie Beringer, the social media company's deputy general counsel, said in a statement: "We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find, and that we must do more to keep people informed".

Any violations of the 2011 agreement could subject Facebook to fines of $41,484 per violation per user per day. The app collected users' info in 2014 when Facebook still allowed the practice, but the social network changed its rules to prohibit third-party applications from harvesting data within the same year.

Friday's audit mirrors Facebook's own explanations regarding how an electoral data-mining firm obtained private data from millions of users and then deployed it in favor of President Donald Trump's campaign and the Brexit movement.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat from Nevada, said during last week's hearing that in her view, "these requirements were not met", because user consent shouldn't have been buried in privacy settings. It covered the period February 2015 to February 2017.

Facebook is also under a separate investigation by the FTC because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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