US Senator Demands Information From Facebook On User Audio File Handling - Letter
Daniyal Sohail 3 days ago Thu 15th August 2019 | 11:07 PM
Facebook must answer questions over its handling of personal user audio files after reports that the social media company sent those recordings to third-party vendors, US Senator Gary Peters said in a letter to Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday
"I am writing to request information regarding recent reports that, counter to your prior testimony to Congress, Facebook Inc. (Facebook), has collected, transcribed, analyzed and used data from private audio conversations of Facebook users," Peters said in the letter. "This week, reports disclosed that Facebook has been paying third-parties to transcribe private audio conversations of Facebook users."
On July 24, the US Federal Trade Commission said that Facebook has agreed to pay $5 billion to settle charges related to its violation of user privacy and has agreed to new restrictions on data management.
Facebook said in a statement at the time that the company is developing a new privacy program that would advance identification, assessment and mitigation of privacy risk.