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Parliamentary questions
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4 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001667-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Carlos Coelho (PPE)

 Subject:  Breaches of data protection rules by Facebook
 Answer in writing 

We have once more found ourselves confronted with major breaches of data protection rules by Facebook. In one instance, the social network admitted that it was asking users to disclose passwords to their personal email accounts. It was also reported that the personal user information (passwords, comments, reactions, account names or profiles) had been disclosed to third-party companies before being made available on publicly accessible databases, one of which contains 530 million personal records.

In the first instance, the possibility of unauthorised access to personal email accounts is clearly inadmissible and is a blatant infringement of personal data protection rules. In the second instance (which is very similar to the Cambridge Analytica case), sensitive information relating to hundreds of millions of people has been compromised as a result of gross negligence leading to in a breach of data protection and privacy rules.

The European Union has the most advanced data protection rules in the world and must not hesitate to implement them.

In view of this:

1. Is the Commission aware of this situation and are European citizens being affected?
2. Does it consider that the procedures provided for in the General Data Protection Regulation should be initiated?

Original language of question: PT 
Last updated: 17 April 2019Legal notice