Californians for Consumer Privacy Chairman Alastair Mactaggart Comments on Facebook’s Sharing “Intrusive” Personal Information with Major Corporations

December 21, 2018

Oakland, Calif. – Following recent revelations in the New York Times that Facebook failed to disclose that it was sharing highly personal user data with giant businesses including Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and Apple, Californians for Consumer Privacy Chairman Alastair Mactaggart released the following statement:

“In this latest incident highlighted in the New York Times, Facebook has once again shown its low regard for basic consumer privacy rights,” said Mactaggart. “And this is after Mr. Zuckerberg assured Congress earlier this year that such practices had ended years ago.”

“Did Mr. Zuckerberg not know this data sharing was going on?  Or did he know, and decide not to tell Congress?  Either way, it looks terrible, and leads any rational consumer to ask, how can Facebook be trusted with our personal data?”

“It’s clear that we need the California Consumer Privacy Act now more than ever, and we will be fighting for even more comprehensive reforms in the coming year.”

About the California Consumer Privacy Act:

The California Consumer Privacy Act started as a ballot initiative signed by 629,000 Californians to place it on the November ballot. After the initiative qualified, the California State Legislature passed groundbreaking consumer privacy legislation AB 375 in June 2018, which was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown.

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