Following pressure from the S&D Group, the European Parliament will launch a series of three hearings into the misuse of millions of people’s data by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The hearings follow the meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the leaders of the political groups in the Parliament. The hearings will be led by the Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, with the first one taking place on Monday 4 June 2018.
A summary of the policy debate is now available.
The EU-US Privacy Shield offers legal certainty in free trade and the protection of data; jeopardising it now would be a step back for European businesses and citizens. However, as the European Commission has also underlined in the past, there is room for improvement and a number of issues have to be addressed in order to ensure its maximum benefit.
Reactions from the European Parliament political groups to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing at the European Parliament on 22 May 2018.
Some 96 % of young people (and 70 % of citizens) in Europe use the internet every day. The young communicate, play, shop, learn and work online. While offering a galaxy of opportunities, the digital environment also has a dark side. Cybercrime knows no borders and cyber-attacks can take on various forms, targeting all kinds of things, ranging from our devices and wallets, to our way of life. How can we make our digital society more resilient and our cybersecurity stronger? How does the EU help us reinforce our cyber-preparedness and response?