Pallone on Latest Facebook Privacy Reports
Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today after new reports disclosed that Facebook gave phone and electronic device makers access to vast amounts of user data:
“It’s deeply concerning that Facebook continues to withhold critical details about the information it has and shares with others. This is just the latest example of Facebook only coming forward when forced to do so by a media outlet. Our Committee is also still waiting for a lot of answers from Facebook to questions Mr. Zuckerberg could not or would not answer at our hearing. The Federal Trade Commission must conduct a full review to determine if the consent decree was violated. Facebook and other data collectors, including these device manufacturers, should be prepared to come before Congress so that we can get a better grasp of the entire data collection ecosystem, and how people’s personal information is being shared and used.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee in April following reports that the company allowed third party app developers widespread access to millions of users’ personal information. Following the hearing, Committee Democrats sent hundreds of follow up questions to Facebook. Facebook has yet to respond to the Democrats’ questions.