US lawmakers hope to use Facebook's 'oil spill' privacy mishap to usher in sweeping new laws

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 26/03/2018 00:00

It was October 2010, and two members of Congress were furious with Facebook. In the eyes of then-Rep. Edward J. Markey and Rep. Joe Barton, the company had failed its users in allowing app developers to take personal data from them and their friends — and transmit it to marketers.

Fretting that those “series of breaches of consumer privacy” had affected millions on the social site, the bipartisan duo then sought to issue Facebook a subtle warning, touting the “comprehensive privacy legislation [that] is currently pending” on Capitol Hill.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/23/lawmakers-hope-to-use-facebooks-oil-spill-privacy-mishap-to-usher-in-sweeping-new-laws/

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