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Sen. Klobuchar: Zuckerberg Needs to Explain Data Breach

Sen. Klobuchar: Zuckerberg Needs to Explain Data Breach
(AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:58 PM EDT

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders must provide answers about damage done in a data breach, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Tuesday.

"We want to ask them how did this happen, why did it happen, and how are you going to fix it. They have not explained it," Klobuchar said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

The New York Times reported over the weekend that a data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica, used by the Trump campaign in 2016, improperly obtained data from more than 50 million Facebook users during the presidential campaign.

The firm created profiling algorithms that "took fake news to the next level," former employee Chris Wylie said Monday on NBC's "Today."

"The companies have got to do all that they can to protect the information of the people that are part of their platforms," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar said that she and other lawmakers want to hear from Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs about how they are preparing to keep Americans' data safe.

"There are many fronts here for protecting privacy, and the biggest thing is we have this election coming up. We've got to get the election infrastructure protected, and do everything we can to push them," Klobuchar said.

"That's mostly why I'm interested in this hearing, to push them, the people in charge, Mark Zuckerberg, all the heads of these companies, to say you've still got a few months. You guys are brilliant companies, fix this as much as you can, so we can protect this next election," she added.

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders must provide answers about damage done in a data breach, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said Tuesday.
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