Consumer groups urge Facebook to extend European privacy protections globally

Consumer groups urge Facebook to extend European privacy protections globally
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A coalition of consumer groups is calling on Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook hosts 'pop up' privacy tutorial in New York City Merkel named Harvard commencement speaker The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown MORE to extend new privacy controls that will be required by a new European law next month to all users of the social media platform worldwide.

Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, which represents dozens of consumer groups in Europe and the U.S., sent a letter to Zuckerberg on Monday expressing support for the new European Union (EU) privacy standards, which will go into effect on May 25.

“There is simply no reason for your company to provide less than the best legal standards currently available to protect the privacy of Facebook users,” the letter reads.

Facebook was not immediately able to comment. Zuckerberg said last week that Facebook users around the globe will be afforded the same privacy controls that will be required under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), though he has not offered specifics on the new changes.

The new law requires websites be more transparent about what they do with user data. It will also give users more control over that data, allowing them to more easily give and retract consent for their information.

Some have called for lawmakers in the U.S. to adopt a similar privacy framework following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The data analytics firm, which worked for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE’s campaign in 2016, is believed to have acquired data on upwards of 87 million Facebook users.

“The GDPR provides a solid foundation for data protection, establishing clear responsibilities for companies that collect personal data and clear rights for users whose data is gathered,” Monday’s letter reads. “These are protections that all users should be entitled to no matter where they are located.”

Zuckerberg will face questions from lawmakers on the data leak this week as he heads to Capitol Hill for back-to-back hearings.