In the wake of Sunday night’s New York Times exposé reporting that Facebook offered mobile device manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, access to private user information, Congress is steaming mad. Yesterday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) basically accused CEO Mark Zuckerberg of lying to Congress during his recent testimony when he claimed that users have “complete control” over who sees their data on Facebook.
Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have “complete control” over who sees our data on Facebook. This needs to be investigated and the people responsible need to be held accountable. https://t.co/rshBsxy32G
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) June 4, 2018
And this morning, Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) wrote a letter to Zuckerberg demanding answers to several questions—specifically how Facebook verifies that device manufacturers are complying with agreements stipulating that users’s information won’t be used for other purposes and what the specific policies on data storage and retention are in those agreements.
Facebook has yet to respond to the senators’ letter, but in a blog post yesterday it disputed some of the NYT‘s assertions, insisting that friends’ information like photos was only accessible on devices “when people made a decision to share their information with those friends. We are not aware of any abuse by these companies.”
Here’s the letter: