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MEPs will continue to assess the impact of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal on personal data protection at hearings on 25 June and 2 July with Facebook representatives.

The second and third hearings will focus on the consequences of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, and possible solutions. The first hearing took place on 4 June and aimed to better map the case.

 

The hearings follow up on the 22 May meeting between the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and EP President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and the Chair and Rapporteur of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.

 

Invited speakers to the follow-up meetings

 

Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) sent a letter on 8 June to Mark Zuckerberg to invite Facebook representatives to the follow-up hearings.

 

The second hearing, on 25 June, will focus on the consequences of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica case for privacy and data protection, electoral processes, consumer trust in digital platforms and cybersecurity.

 

The invited speakers include:

  • Andrea JELINEK, Chair of the EDPB and Austrian DPA
  • Paul-Oliver DEHAYE, President and Co-Founder of personaldata.io
  • Erin EGAN, Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook
  • Dr. Udo HELMBRECHT, Executive Director ENISA
  • Monique GOYENS, Director General BEUC, Brussels
  • Max SCHREMS, privacy activist and lawyer, Austria
  • Joel KAPLAN, Vice President of Global Public Policy, Facebook
  • Sir John HOLMES, Chair of the UK Electoral Commission
  • James FOWLER, University of California
  • Rob GOLDMAN, Vice-President for Advertisements, Facebook

 

The third hearing, on 2 July 2018, will focus on current implementation and commitments by Facebook and possible solutions and EU policies that could remedy the negative consequences and prevent these incidents from happening again.

 

The invited speakers include:

  • Sheryl SANDBERG, COO, Facebook
  • Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President, European Commission
  • Margrethe VESTAGER, European Commissioner for Competition
  • Andrus ANSIP, Vice-President, Digital Single Market, European Commission,
  • Vera JOUROVA, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Sir Julian KING, Commissioner for the Security Union

 

All speakers’ presence remains to be confirmed.

 

The events will be organised by the Civil Liberties Committee, in association with the committees on Industry, Constitutional Affairs and Legal Affairs.

 

Background

 

On 22 May 2018, leading MEPs met with Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Founder of Facebook, to hear his explanation of for the use of Facebook users' data by Cambridge Analytica and issues related to data protection, the impact on electoral processes, fake news and the market position of Facebook.

 

Following a request by President Tajani, on 24 May Facebook sent a first set of answers and on 4 June on a second set of answers to questions from Parliament’s leaders that Mr Zuckerberg did not have the time to cover during the meeting.

 

The decision to hold a hearing on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica case was taken by the Conference of Presidents in April.