Mark Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook to pivot to privacy. But Facebook is also quietly lobbying against laws giving users more control of their data.
- Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is going to pivot to privacy in a lengthy blog post last week.
- But The Sunday Telegraph obtained documents showing one of Zuckerberg's closest advisers, global affairs boss Nick Clegg, lobbying against new EU privacy laws.
- Meeting minutes show Clegg arguing against regulation which would force tech companies to get consent from users before accessing and using data from their private messages.
- Clegg said the proposed law would endanger Facebook's business model.
Mark Zuckerberg set out his big vision last week for a Facebook for focuses on privacy."I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won't stick around forever," Zuckerberg wrote of Facebook's future.Advertisement
He added later in the blog that he's aware some users worry "that our services could access their messages and use them for advertising or in other ways they don't expect."
But documents obtained by British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph appear to contradict Zuckerberg's public messaging around Facebook's new embrace of data protection.They show Facebook's global affairs boss Nick Clegg has been lobbying EU politicians to block laws which would give users more explicit control over what data the company can glean from their private messaging.
According to the minutes, Ansip said to Clegg that Facebook would still be able to "monetise data" once it had obtained consent from the users.
Facebook announced the hire of Nick Clegg, a former Member of the European Parliament and deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, in October last year. His experience of European politics and regulation was a key reason why the company hired him.
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