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Though not widely reported (well the proceedings were boring,) a number of parliamentary hearings in the European Parliament and the elected assemblies of member nations, have investigated Facebook’s user data breach scandal involving the data thieves Cambridge Analytica.  European Union MEPs, including those from Britain have called for a full audit of the social media company and an overhaul of E.U. competition law.

According to a report by TechCrunch that following hearings relating to the Cambridge Analytica case which saw the user data of millions of Facebook users accessed after the firm persuaded users to sign up to an app that not only mined data on their personal computers, but on the systems of all their Facebook friends and contacts too, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee called for an update to privacy and competition rules in order to deal with “the digital reality” of the internet era. The committee also encouraged other E.U. groups to look into the “possible monopoly” of social media platforms and tech firms, although monopoly strikes us as the wrong term. Facebook derserve to be sanctioned for many things, but being too successful is not one of them.

Last week, Giovanni Buttarelli, the E.U.’s data protection supervisor said that closer collaboration between the E.U.’s Competition and Commission and privacy regulators is needed to control the ethically challenges tech giants of Silicon \Valley soon  and legislative bodies need to up their game and radically improve their oversight mechanisms to deal with the growing issue of data abuse by tech firms. E.U. antitrust regulators in Germany and France have also been investigating Google and Facebook’s online advertising duopoly.

The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)  has also called for greater accountability and transparency surrounding “algorithmic-processed data by any actor, be it private or public.” LIBE committee chair Claude Moraes has suggested in the past that the Facebook data breach situation could provide the base from which develop updates to the E.U.’s ePrivacy rules.

The LIBE committee called for an audit of the advertising industry on social media in a resolution this week, supporting a similar call by the U.K.’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, which previously issued the maximum fine possible under U.K. data protection law against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook commented on the E.U.’s most recent action saying:

We are grateful to the European Parliament for the number of opportunities to come and explain the changes we have made to our platform. We are working relentlessly to ensure the transparency, safety and security of people who use Facebook. Over the last months we have developed sophisticated systems that combine technology and people to prevent election interference on our services. This is part of a broader challenge for us at Facebook to be more proactive about protecting our community from harm and taking a broader view of our responsibility overall.

Further pressure from the E.U. just adds to previous calls in the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and India for social media regulation which continues to appear to be inevitable in the near future.

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