FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Delaney: NYT Report Shows That the American People Are Being Tracked, Monitored, and Monetized
Founder of AI Caucus calls for full disclosure from Facebook, new consumer protections
Friendship Heights, MD – According to the New York Times, “for years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules.”
The Times also reported that “Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.”
“We need new national privacy standards and consumer protections that require full and transparent disclosure,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). “The American people are being tracked, monitored, and monetized without knowing what is happening until they read about it in the newspaper. Facebook needs to fully disclose to Congress and the country what exactly they have done and are doing. This report is even more troubling when you consider how many minors use social media, which we already know is also highly addictive. As more and more of our lives, our work, and our business transactions take place online, we must have a White House that is truly focused on these issues.”
Earlier this year, Delaney filed the Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act, bipartisan legislation that authorizes the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research technology and media’s effects on infants, children, and adolescents. Delaney is the founder of the AI Caucus in the House of Representatives.