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Tags: senators | john kennedy | amy klobuchar | judiciary committee | tech executives

Senators Want Judiciary Committee to Hear From Tech Execs

Senators Want Judiciary Committee to Hear From Tech Execs
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (Michael Brochstein/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 March 2018 01:25 PM EDT

Sens. John Kennedy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to question top executives of tech companies after a report that information from Facebook users was harvested by a data firm.

The two made their request in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The Hill reported on details of the story. 

"Reports indicate that private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users — representing nearly a quarter of potential U.S. voters in 2016 — was taken to conduct sophisticated psychological targeting for political ads in order to influence voters," Kennedy and Klobuchar said in a letter to Grassley. "The reports further indicate that Facebook knew about this breach more than two years ago and failed to acknowledge it and take swift and meaningful action.

"Senators from both parties have called for more transparency and accountability from social media platforms in their efforts to guard against interference by foreign actors. Testimony before this committee and others from current administration officials, as well as former officials from the administrations of President George W. Bush and President (Barack) Obama, has made clear that the threat of foreign interference continues to exist, and that these foreign powers will make similar attempts to interfere in future elections.

"It is our view that senators on the Judiciary Committee should have the opportunity to question the CEOs of technology companies about these critical matters."

The letter followed a report in The New York Times claiming Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.

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Sens. John Kennedy, R-La., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to question top executives of tech companies after a report that information from Facebook users was harvested by a data firm.
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