Facebook ‘intentionally and knowingly’ violated U.K. privacy and competition rules, British lawmakers say

British lawmakers on Sunday accused Facebook of having “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the country, and they called for investigations into the social media giant’s business practices.

The sharp rebuke came in a 108-page report written by members of Parliament, who in 2017 began a wide-ranging study of Facebook and the spread of malicious content online. They concluded that the United Kingdom should adopt new regulations so lawmakers can hold Facebook and its tech peers in Silicon Valley accountable for digital misdeeds.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/02/18/facebook-intentionally-knowingly-violated-uk-privacy-competition-rules-british-lawmakers-say/

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/business/facebook-uk-parliament-report.html

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