Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) slammed Facebook’s user agreement as the company’s CEO testified before a joint committee hearing of the United States Senate Tuesday.
.@SenJohnKennedy to Zuckerberg: "Your user agreement sucks…The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end. It's not to inform your users about their rights." https://t.co/wJqYcrXvsI pic.twitter.com/6XSAKFJSkg
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) April 10, 2018
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KENNEDY: “Let’s start with the privacy problem first, the user agreement. Here’s what everyone has been trying to tell you today and I say this gently. Your user agreement sucks. You can spike me 75 IQ points. If I can figure it out, you can figure it out. The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook’s rear end. It’s not to inform your users about their rights.”
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, federal investigators have begun probing Facebook’s use of personal data after reports surfaced that Cambridge Analytica ‘improperly gained access to the data of more than 87 million users.’
“We are aware of the issues that have been raised but cannot comment on whether we are investigating. We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google,” a spokesman for the FTC said Tuesday.
A violation of the consent decree could carry a penalty of $40,000 per violation, which could mean a fine conservatively estimated to be “many millions of dollars in fines” for Facebook, The Washington Post reported over the weekend, citing a former FTC official.
“We reject any suggestion of violation of the consent decree. We respected the privacy settings that people had in place. Privacy and data protections are fundamental to every decision we make,” the social network giant said in a statement to the Washington Post.