On Wednesday, Facebook suggested that it would offer no financial compensation to the 2.7 million users in Europe whose data was shared with the U.K.-based political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. The company argued that no credit card data or national ID was shared in the process, so a compensation is not needed.
The tech giant made the announcement after a meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and EU lawmakers. On Tuesday, the European Parliament summoned Zuckerberg to get some answers on the Cambridge Analytica data breach.
Facebook admitted that the data leak was “clearly a breach of trust,” but it added that no national ID numbers, bank account data, or credit card info was handed over to the Russia-tied consultancy firm.
The social media giant suggested that when users gave the Facebook app access to their public profile data, page likes, and lists of friends they knew that the data might get shared.
The company insisted that only the info on U.S. Facebook users, not European users, was leaked.
Facebook Still in the Hot Seat after Data Breach
In the U.S., a Facebook user hit the tech giant with a class action complaint about exploiting users’ data without their consent. The plaintiff, a man from Maryland, is seeking damages for him and other affected users.
EU lawmakers also grilled Zuckerberg over his company’s policy of tracking non-Facebook users across the Internet after they access a single Facebook page. The practice is done without their knowledge, despite those users never giving Facebook access to their data.
In response, Zuckerberg said that his company made it clear to non-users that it collects their data via cookies. He added that other websites involved in similar practices should be as transparent as Facebook is about the issue. Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook does not create profiles of non-users.
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