Members of Parliament questioned FB’s submission of incomplete testimony after being exposed to the collection of user audio


On the morning of August 16, Sina Technologies News Beijing time, Democratic Senator Gary Peters asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday to answer questions about his April 2018 congressional testimony, because it was reported that Facebook had obtained audio from users and would use it. Send it to the supplier for analysis and transcription.
“I specifically ask you whether Facebook uses audio from mobile devices to enrich personal information about its users. You gave a clear negative answer. “In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Peters wrote,” If these reports are accurate, I fear that your previous testimony before Congress seems incomplete at best.
Facebook did not immediately comment.
The letter pointed out that Facebook later submitted a written response to Congress stating that when they chose to use a specific Facebook service, they did have access to the user’s audio.
But Peters pointed out that in subsequent responses, the company did not “specify what you did with the audio you visited in this situation, the extent to which Facebook did it, or why your testimony on this issue during the hearing was contradictory. ”
On Wednesday, the Irish Data Protection Commission, which oversees Facebook in the European Union, said it was investigating the way Facebook handles data while manually transcribing users’recordings.
The Commission has conducted eight surveys of the American social media company, two of which were directed at WhatsApp subsidiary and one at Instagram, a Facebook affiliate.
“Like Apple and Google, we stopped evaluating audio manually a week ago.” Facebook said earlier this week.
Under the privacy rules of the EU General Data Protection Ordinance (GDP R), regulators can impose fines of 4% or 20 million euros ($22 million) on companies violating regulations, whichever is higher.
The company said this week that Facebook only recently manually censored private audio in Messenger applications through AI systems to improve transcription of AI systems, but no EU users were affected.
Facebook representatives said in an e-mail Wednesday that the audio clips were masked to avoid revealing anyone’s identity, that the company never listened to people’s microphones without explicit activation, and added that manual evaluation was common in the industry.
Facebook has faced widespread criticism from legislators and regulators about its privacy practices, and this new report has led to new criticism.
The company agreed last month to a record $5 billion privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agreement is awaiting court approval. (Siyuan)