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Zuckerberg urges privacy carve outs to compete with China

Zuckerberg urges privacy carve outs to compete with China
From TechCrunch - April 10, 2018

Facebooksfounder said last month that the company is open to being regulated. But today he got asked by the US senate what sort of legislative changes he would (and wouldnt) like to see as a fix for the problems that the Cambridge Analytica data scandal has revealed.

Zuckerbergs response on thisand on another question about his view on European privacyregulationsshowed in the greatest detail yet how hes hoping data handling and privacy rules evolve in the US, including a direct callfor regulatory carve outs toas he couched itavoid the US falling behind Chinese competitors.

Laying out a few principles that he said he believes would be useful to discuss and potentially codify into law, Zuckerberg first advocated for having asimple and practical set of ways that you explain what youre doing with data, revealing an appetite to offload the problem of tricky privacy disclosures via a handy universal standard that can apply to all players.

Its hard to say that people fully understand something when its only written out in a long legal document, he added. This stuff needs to be implemented in a way where people can actually understand it.

He then talked up the notion of giving people complete control over the content they shareclaiming this is the most important principle for Facebook.

Every piece of content that you share on Facebook, you own and you have complete control over who sees it and how you share itand you can remove it at any time, he said, without mentioning how far from that principle the company has been at earlier times in its history.

I think that that control is something thats importantand I think should apply to every service, he continued, making a not-so-subtle plea for no other platforms to be able to leak data like Facebooks platform historically has (and thus to close any competitive loopholes that might open up as a result of Facebook tightening the screw on developer access to data now in the face of a major scandal).

His final and most controversial point in response to the legislative changes question was about what he dubbed enabling innovation.

Some of these use cases that are very sensitive, like face recognition for example, he said carefully. And I think that theres a balance thats extremely important to strike here where you obtain special consent for sensitive features like facial recognition. But dontbut that we still need to make it so that American companies can innovate in those areas.

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