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Facebook Privacy Row: Politicians In Canada And UK Push For Hearing

The Facebook privacy row seems to be getting more attention by the day. The scandal is spiraling into an ugly one. Politicians in Northern America (Canada) and Britain are hell-bent on getting Zuckerberg to testify. Voices from Europe and Canada have called for Mark to testify in person. Both the countries have sounded alarms and are persistent on the same. Both Canada and UK want Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and the CEO of Facebook to testify in London. Scheduled for November, a joint hearing will take place.

The latest development in the Zuckerberg scandal came on Wednesday. UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee and its Canadian counterpart echoed their voices. Damien Collin an MP from Britain who heads the UK committee co-authored a letter and posted it on Twitter. The other author is Bob Zimmer, in charge of Canada’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics.

However, Zuckerberg has pledged before the US Congress as well as the European Union’s Parliament. For November 27 hearing, Zuckerberg has till November 7 to respond to the summon. Earlier in the spring of 2018, Zuckerberg declined to turn up for a parliamentary standing in the UK. He was asked to give evidence on the Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal.

Facebook has been hit with legal penalties, fines all across since the scandal first broke out. Only in last week, Facebook was slapped with a fine of $638,000 in the UK for benefitting over metadata of users. Earlier in April of 2018, Mark took part in a two-day congressional inquisition at the US. He issued a public apology for this privacy scandal.

What Was The Privacy Scandal All About?

Mark issued an apology and took full responsibility for failing to prevent data harvesting. Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign gathered metadata from Facebook. This personal information was collected from 87 million users. It was further used to try to influence 2016 Presidential elections in the USA. Earlier Zuckerberg had issued multiple apologies, but only in April, he appeared before the US Congress in person. Will Zuckerberg be testifying in London? Remains to be seen.

Written by Anhaar Ahmed

My name is Anhaar Ahmed. I'm a technology journalist at Techglen. Mostly I write about all things tech but you will often find me writing about entertainment news. You can get in touch with me at anhaar@techglen.com

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