Facebook's Zuckerberg, EU Lawmakers to Discuss Data Privacy

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet the leaders of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, as pressure on the company's protection of data continues.

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

While Zuckerberg testified last month to the 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.

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Zuckerberg agrees to face EU Parliament over Facebook data use

That suggests he will avoid an uncomfortable public appearance and instead meet only with the legislature's top brass behind closed doors. The social media giant's share price increased after his testimony, and some lawmakers apparently failed to grasp the technical details of the company's operation and data privacy policies.

The announcement comes weeks before the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) goes into effect in Europe.

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"It must be a public hearing", he said.

Tajani said that simply showing up to explain himself was already a good move. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", Tajani said. "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

Facebook has been under scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

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Zuckerberg will also make a stop in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron during his European trip.

Facebook said Cambridge Analytica, a data firm connected to President Donald Trump's campaign, had access to information on about 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. He will be absent from upcoming committee hearings between E.U. Parliament and tech companies, according to CNN. Zuckerberg testified before the US House of Representatives and the Senate in April.

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