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Flores Questions Zuckerberg on Privacy Standards

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2018 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing entitled “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data”:

“Technology companies such as Facebook represent the economic capability of American ingenuity. Facebook has grown exponentially from a community of users on a few college campuses to billions of users around the world and billions in revenue. Their unchecked growth, however, has not come without some major public concerns. Hardworking Americans deserve to know that their personal information is safe and secure, whether it is being stored by our government, a health care provider, a financial institution, a credit reporting agency or a technology company like Facebook. They also deserve to know when the trust of that security is broken. Today’s hearing brings privacy standards to the forefront and continues the conversation of whether or not companies like Facebook should practice editorial control of their users, regardless of political leanings. Ultimately, I believe that we should be looking at ways that consumers could be able to opt-in to sharing their data as opposed of going through hoops to opt-out. At the end of the day, the user should have full control of their virtual representation, not the company providing the service. If anything, this hearing has certainly helped raise the consciousness of the American people as to what is happening with their personal data that is being collected, sold and shared by technology companies. Looking forward, I intend to work with my congressional colleagues to improve privacy and fairness standards for technology users.”

                
Click on the image above to view Congressman Flores’ questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or visit youtu.be/QcPoQe6Pwnc.   

 

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