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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: Data protection and citizen's privacy as a line of defence against election manipulation (debate)

  Jan Philipp Albrecht (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, these days we all can see advertisements by Facebook praising the European Union’s General Data Protection (GDPR) as the new standard to protect citizens’ privacy and data in Europe and everywhere in the world, as Facebook reacts by implementing the GDPR standards on a global level.

So, 37 days before the GDPR is even being applied, it is already setting the global standard for protecting personal data. We can be very proud, as the European Union and, especially as Parliament, that we have a tool to protect the privacy and integrity of our citizens’ lives with the GDPR in place. But I would also agree it is very important to understand that there is a missing brick in this wall, and that is the e-privacy regulation. We still need to fix that problem because the communication data needs to be protected in a specific way.

It is important that Facebook is not only relying on ads, as they say is their business model, but is also delivering for trust by delivering solutions and actions in the way of how they do their business model. The business model of just earning money by using the data of individuals has to change, because that’s not only Facebook’s business model. There are other companies – we don’t talk about Google, Twitter, or even companies you maybe not have heard of like Actium or Thomson Reuters having your data, exploiting it and selling it.

We need to get more rules in place, especially also for consumer control to get connectivity across the platforms in order to have a choice.

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