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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)
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  Viviane Reding (PPE). – Mr President, trust is a must. It takes years to build, but only seconds to lose. Sadly, tech giants learned this lesson the hard way – the latest example being the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Fortunately, we Europeans decided on the right laws to bring back trust. Who wants to be part of a global community where algorithms know what you are better than you, than your family, than your friends? Where someone can spy on you anywhere – at work, at home on the streets? Where your political preferences can be matched to the highest bidder? Where you are a product being sold without your consent? Nine in ten Europeans want none of this, and that is exactly why we adopted the General Data Protection Regulation – to put citizens back in control of their own data; to ensure a stronger enforcement and high fines for companies which do not comply; to set data protection standards worldwide.

Six years ago, lobbyists and national governments tried to stop the proposal I had put on the table for a general data protection regulation, and today they agree it is an indispensable piece of legislation: the internet was designed for the people by the people, and that is what it has to stay.

 
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