Lessons, continued: Facebook faces increased pressure from EU regulators over use of citizens’ data
Facebook, already under pressure in the United States over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other previously unknown instances of data sharing, faced more pressure this week, Reuters reports. The controversy is a strong reminder to companies and in-house lawyers doing business in the European Union that there is a higher data protection standard than exists currently in the U.S.
“Have any data of EU citizens been affected by the recent scandal?” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova wrote in a letter to Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, which was seen by the news agency. “If this is the case, how do you intend to inform the authorities and users about it?”
The social network giant’s market value has fallen by more than $100 billion in recent weeks.
The company said early this week that it was investigating Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook users’ data to target American voters during the 2016 presidential campaign. It also faces pressure due to posts by RTL and others known to be close to the Russian government. The company responded to Jourova’s concerns by saying it is committed to protecting user data.