The democratic senator asks Facebook CEO, as he is “incomplete” testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic Senator, Gary Peters will be on Thursday, asked Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) chief to answer questions about the April 2018 congressional testimony, in the light of reports that Facebook captured of audio from the user and sent to the seller to be analysed and further developed.

FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with respect to the company, for the use and protection of the information of the user, on Capitol Hill in Washington, d.c., U.S., on April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

“I asked you to be specific, as Facebook makes use of data obtained from the mobile devices to include personal information about the user. Your prior response was, no, no,” Peters wrote in a letter to the company’s Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg. “If these reports are accurate, I’m afraid that in your previous testimony before the Congress, it seems to be, at best, incomplete.”

Facebook did not immediately have a comment.

The letter noted that Facebook submitted written statements to Congress that, in fact, it is the users ‘access audio’, and when they are logged in and have a dedicated Facebook service.

However, Peters pointed out that the company does not have in the follow-up and responses “to express what you have to do with the audio to be accessible under these conditions, the amount of Facebook’ s use of the practice or the reasons for the change in your testimony on this issue at the hearing.”

The irish Data Protection Commission, Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union, said on Wednesday it sought information on how the company has handled the data during the manual transcription of the audio recordings.

The committee has eight individual sensors, in the united states. social media and social business in its WhatsApp-owned subsidiary, and Facebook-owned Instagram.

“Just like Apple and Google, and we can interrupt with human review of audio for more than a week ago,” Facebook said earlier this week.

Under the EU’s General data protection Regulation, privacy rules, regulators to fine violators up to 4% of a company with a global turnover of 20 million euros ($22 million), whichever is higher.

Facebook, until recently, carried out on human ratings of private-level audio from the Messenger app have to improve the transcript by an artificial intelligence system, but the EU users were affected, the company said this week.

The audio clips in question have been masked in order to prevent the disclosure of a person’s identity, and the company does not listen to what people have microphones, without further activation, a Facebook representative said in an e-mail on Wednesday, adding that human reviews were a common practice in the industry.

Facebook has been facing wide criticism from the legal and regulatory requirements of the privacy practices and has received renewed scrutiny after the international monetary Fund on Tuesday reported that a Facebook to use outside contractors to transcribe the videos.

In the last month, the company agreed to a record-setting $5 billion in a privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is awaiting the approval of the court.

Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Richard Chang

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