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Senator Amy Klobuchar Calls Out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Senators Are Calling For hearings With Tech CEO's Following Security Breach

March 19, 2018 - 10:02 am

A cyber security breach that reportedly involved the unauthorized release of personal information to a private data analytic firm with political connections is prompting Minnesota's senior US Senator to call out the world's top social media executive.

"This is a big breach," Klobuchar told WCCO radio. "That's why I called on Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, to testify."

Senator Amy Klobuchar says she doesn't want to hear from Facebook attorneys or lobbyists about a release of that information from 50 million subscribers to Cambridge Analytica.  Klobuchar described the controversial company as "Basically a political consulting firm that's been doing business with the Trump campaign and who knows who else." Cambridge Analytica worked for the Ted Cruz campaign before joining up with Trump, and also worked on a Brexit campaign. That work has led to criminal investigations targeting Cambridge Analytica.

Klobuchar has been joined by Republican John Kennedy of Louisiana in calling for hearings with tech CEO's.

Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica from using its platform after a whistleblower revealed that the personal information was taken without authorization to build a system that could profile individual voters in the US.

"People use Facebook to correspond, put up pictures, recipes, and cat videos. They suddenly woke up over the weekend and found out that their private data was being shared with a company that was coordinating with (political) campaigns," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar now wants to hear from Zuckerberg himself. There are reports that Facebook knew about the breach for two years, and did nothing to protect its users.

"It is time that he takes responsibility for this," she said. "Tells us how this happened, why this happened, and how they're going to fix it so it doesn't happen again."

Klobuchar is behind the secure elections act.  It's designed to prevent foreign influence on elections by improving cyber security. She says it's important to prevent personal information leaks from social media sites with the US midterm elections coming up.

Cambridge Analytica released a statement about the incident, maintaining "that all Facebook data and their derivatives" was deleted. The firm also says it did not use any of that data in its work for the Trump campaign.