Fb threatens democracy except MPs slap new legal guidelines on it, ex GCHQ spymaster warns

Fb threatens democracy except MPs slap new legal guidelines on it, ex GCHQ spymaster warns

FACEBOOK threatens democracy if it stays unregulated, a former spymaster warned yesterday. Ex GCHQ boss Robert Hannigan stated the social community

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FACEBOOK threatens democracy if it stays unregulated, a former spymaster warned yesterday.

Ex GCHQ boss Robert Hannigan stated the social community was unable to reform itself.

Fb is a menace to democracy, an ex-GCHQ spymaster has stated
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He stated it was extra involved with making earnings from consumer information than it was about defending privateness.

He informed Radio 4’s Immediately programme it was not a “fluffy charity” offering free companies to customers, however was making an attempt to “squeeze each drop of revenue” out of non-public information.

Requested if Fb was a menace to democracy, Mr Hannigan stated: “Doubtlessly sure, I believe it’s, if it isn’t managed and controlled. Frankly, some Fb executives have conceded that it wants regulation.

“However these large firms, significantly the place they’re monopolies, can’t frankly reform themselves. It should come from outdoors. The EU is already speaking about doing it and I’m certain others will observe.”

Robert Hannigan
Robert Hannigan stated Fb must be regulated and reformed
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It follows extreme criticism of the tech big for the way it handles consumer information and manages pretend information.

He added: “This isn’t a sort of fluffy charity offering free companies. It’s is a really hard-headed worldwide enterprise and these large tech firms are primarily the world’s largest international advertisers, that’s the place they make their billions.

“So in return for the service that you just discover helpful they take your information… and squeeze each drop of revenue out of it.”

This week the influential Commons Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport Committee printed a cache of paperwork it seized as a part of its ongoing pretend information inquiry.

The information additionally confirmed Fb had intentionally made it “as laborious as doable” for customers to concentrate on privateness adjustments to its Android app.

The parliamentary committee printed round 250 pages of confidential information Fb didn’t need launched.


Committee chair Damian Collins revealed they highlighted key points together with permitting some firms to keep up “full entry” to customers’ associates information even after saying adjustments to restrict what builders’ may see.

Final evening a spokesman for Fb stated they’d no remark.

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