Senate Commerce Queries Facebook, SCL Group on User Data
“Consumers rely on platforms like Facebook to be transparent and truthful in their terms of service so consumers can make informed decisions about whether to consent to the sharing and use of their data.”
March 19, 2018
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security today sent letters to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Strategic Communications Laboratories Group CEO & Director Nigel Oakes requesting information and a briefing related to the use and sharing of individual Facebook user data.
“Consumers rely on platforms like Facebook to be transparent and truthful in their terms of service so consumers can make informed decisions about whether to consent to the sharing and use of their data,” according to the letter sent to Zuckerberg. “We appreciate that Facebook has recently taken steps to address this situation. Nevertheless, the possibility that Facebook has either not been transparent with consumers or has not been able to verify that third party app developers are transparent with consumers is troubling.”
The letter to Zuckerberg requests information relating to data reportedly obtained by SCL as well as the company’s knowledge of other instances where third parties may have utilized user data in ways inconsistent with Facebook’s terms of service.
The committee’s letter to Oakes requests information relating to the use and collection of Facebook user data by SCL (and its affiliate Cambridge Analytica) as well as its response to troubling media reports.
Click here for the letter to Facebook.
Click here for the letter to SCL/Cambridge Analytica.