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Mark Zuckerberg to debate Fb knowledge insurance policies in closed-door session with European Parliament

Fb chief govt Mark Zuckerberg will talk about the social community’s knowledge insurance policies earlier than members of the European Parliament, albeit behind closed doorways, in contrast to his appearances within the U.S. Home and Senate.

“We have accepted the Council of Presidents’ proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” a Fb spokesperson mentioned in a press release.

Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, mentioned the occasion will happen in Brussels, “hopefully” as quickly as subsequent week, and can contain the leaders of political teams and the parliament’s knowledgeable on civil liberties, justice and residential affairs.

“Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation,” Mr. Tajani mentioned in a assertion. “I welcome Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence.”

Different European politicians are against the assembly, nevertheless, and argue that Mr. Zuckerberg ought to seem in a public setting akin to his testimonies final month on Capitol Hill.

“Glad that Mark Zuckerberg accepted invitation from @Europarl_EN and will come to Brussels to answer European questions on privacy. Pity this will not be a public hearing,” tweeted Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Shoppers and Gender Equality. “There are more EU users on FB than there are in the US & Europeans deserve to know how their data is handled.”

Mr. Tajani, in the meantime, fired again Wednesday at Ms. Jourova’s critique.

“This is a decision of the Conference of Presidents. It is not your job to control and criticize the [European Parliament],” he tweeted.

Mr. Tajani invited Mr. Zuckerberg to seem earlier than European Parliament members after it emerged in March that Cambridge Analytica, a knowledge analytics agency, amassed the non-public info of 87 million Fb customers with out their information, together with roughly 2.7 million European residents, in accordance with the social community.

Mr. Zuckerberg publicly apologized for the information scandal throughout his congressional appearances final month, however he’s confronted scrutiny overseas within the weeks since for repeatedly refusing to testify earlier than British lawmakers investigating Fb’s person insurance policies.

Damian Collins, a Conservative who chairs the U.Ok. Home of Commons’ Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Committee, beforehand mentioned he could situation a summons compelling Mr. Zuckerberg to seem earlier than British Parliament if he continues to keep away from being questioned in particular person.

Mr. Zuckerberg “has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the U.K. at the present time,” a Fb spokesperson mentioned this week.

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