Ireland is the lead authority for Facebook under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The ex-boss of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that closed down after being involved in a scandal about the improper use of the data of millions of Facebook users, will appear in front of British lawmakers on June 6. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said that Alexander Nix had accepted its summons. While Nix has testified once to the committee, lawmakers want him to give further evidence – a request he had previously declined.
Most of Facebook’s U.S. users have remained loyal to the social network despite revelations that a political consultancy collected information about millions of accounts without owners’ permission, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed.
Data from as many as 87 million people was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump presidential campaign, a much higher figure than the 50 million accounts previously reported. For context, the number of accounts affected is bigger than Germany’s population of 82 million.
[BREAKING] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify to Congress next week about Cambridge Analytica
The hearing — set before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the morning of April 11 — could result in an uncomfortable grilling from Democrats and Republicans who feel the social giant is responsible for everything from fake news to online extremism.