Zuckerberg accepts European Union parliament grilling over data scandal

Three million of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook users had intimate details exposed as a new data protection scandal has hit the social media platform. The quiz called myPersonality is an app which collected highly sensitive data including psychometric

Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix to appear before MPs on 6 June

The EU meeting however is set to be private with the leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", he added. "I welcome Mark Zuckerberg's decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans", he said.

The leaked information gave access to the'Big Five personality scores of 3.1 million users. Questions have been raised over the robustness of the anonymisation technique employed by the my Personality quiz
The Information Commissioner’s Office says they are ‘aware’ of the incident and are making enquiries

Indeed, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which Collins is chair, tweeted its disappointment for the citizens of the United Kingdom that had their Facebook data illegally harvested.

The DCMS committee is investigating whether third party use of Facebook users' profile data contributed to the vote to leave the European Union, as well as the use of fake accounts to spread fake news on the platform. He said that during the meeting, Zuckerberg will appear before the members of the LIBE committee and other relevant committees to carry out an in-depth analysis of various aspects related to personal data protection.

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While Zuckerberg testified last month to the U.S. Congress, he had always been noncommittal on his appearance in Europe, sending his chief technical officer to speak to the British parliament and delaying confirmation of any visit to Brussels. The committee will use the opportunity to address numerous inconsistencies in his previous evidence.

The world's largest social network has come under scrutiny over the way it handles personal data after revelations that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed the Facebook data of 87 million users.

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"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry".

The news comes a month after the parliament invited Zuckerberg to appear before three of the assembly's committees. While Nix has testified once to the committee, lawmakers want him to give further evidence - a request he had previously declined. There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time, we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible.

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Boss of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix has accepted a summons from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and will appear in front of its committee on Wednesday 6 June.

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