Senator warns Facebook better shape up or get 'broken up'

Senator warns Facebook better shape up or get 'broken up'
From TechCrunch - April 6, 2018

In the run-up to Mark Zuckerbergs first appearance before Congress, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden issued a warning to the company about what it can expect from lawmakers if it doesnt radically alter course.

Mr. Zuckerberg is going to have a couple of very unpleasant days before Congress next week and thats the place to start, Wyden said at the TechFestNW conference in his home state of Oregon on Friday.

There are going to be people who are going to say Facebookought to be broken up. There have been a number of proposals and ideas for doing it and I think unless [Zuckerberg] finds a way to honor the promise he made several years ago, hes gonna have a law on his hands.

The Senator added that he would support such a law.

For Wyden, concealing the truth about data sharing in the fine print is a deceptive practice thats gone on too long.

I think we got to establish a principle once and for all that you own your data, period, Wyden said.

What does that mean in the real world? Its not enough for a company to bury some technical lingo in their [terms of service] Its not enough to have some convoluted process for opting out.

While that might have been wishful thinking two weeks ago, the Oregon lawmaker believes that Facebooks most recent scandal has creating the perfect opportunity for privacy reform.


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