Zuckerberg faces Congress: the biggest highlights from day two – video

The Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, again faced lengthy questioning from Congress on Wednesday. The key topic of debate was the company’s ability to track users in areas such as shopping habits, browsing histories and users’ locations. Zuckerberg also revealed that his own personal data had been handed over to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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Zuckerberg put on back foot as House grills Facebook CEO over user tracking

In his second day on Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg says his own data was handed to Cambridge Analytica

The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was given a rougher ride on his second day of congressional testimony in Washington on Wednesday as he faced sharp questions about the tech giant’s ability to track its users’ movements, shopping habits and browsing histories and was at one stage compared to J Edgar Hoover.

During five hours of testimony, the billionaire entrepreneur revealed that his own personal information was among the data handed over to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which harvested the data of up to 87m Facebook users without their permission.

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Act on data privacy or we’ll regulate, UK minister tells Facebook

Digital secretary Matt Hancock says social media firm not above the law and must do more

The digital secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned Facebook that it was not above the law, as he threatened the social media firm with regulation if it failed to protect users’ data more effectively.

At what government sources said was a “robust but constructive” meeting, Hancock warned Facebook the relationship between government and social media firms would have to change.

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Shhh … Alexa might be listening

Amazon has filed a patent that could allow its Echo devices to one day listen in on conversations to help with user recommendations. A handy feature or more fodder for conspiracy theories?

Should you whisper around your Amazon Echo, lest it whisper back to you?

That’s the future suggested by a patent recently filed by the company, which examined the possibility of eavesdropping on conversations held around its voice-activated devices in order to better suggest products or services to users.

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