Zuckerberg agreed to the meeting to “clarify issues related to the use of personal data.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions about his company’s data privacy policies on Tuesday during a 75-minute meeting with elected officials from the European Union.
The meeting, conducted by the European Parliament, elected members of the European Union’s governing body, is set for 6:15 pm local time in Brussels (9:15 am PT in California). It was originally planned as a closed-door meeting, but will now be streamed live on the European Parliament’s website.
The hearing is live now and you can watch in below:
Watch Mark Zuckerberg testify before the EU Parliament on data privacy:
Posted by Vox on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Zuckerberg agreed to the meeting to “clarify issues related to the use of personal data” at Facebook, according to a tweet last week from the European Parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani. Because it’s a meeting and not an official hearing, Zuckerberg will not technically be under oath.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, has accepted our invitation. He will come to the European Parliament. My full statement ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/FdmuDPl8Wb
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) May 16, 2018
Facebook and Zuckerberg have been doing a lot of “clarifying” over the past two months following its Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, in which personal data from tens of millions of users was collected and sold by an outside researcher without those users’ permission.
Zuckerberg already testified about Facebook’s policies before three separate U.S. congressional committees in early April, spending a total of 10 hours answering questions in a public forum. But now he’ll take questions in the EU just days before Europe is set to implement new, strict data-privacy laws for any company that collects user data from EU citizens. The new law, known as the GDPR for General Data Protection Regulation, goes into effect on Friday.
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