Facebook: Data Protection

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with Facebook about when that company became aware of misuse of personal data.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Ministers and officials have regular meetings and discussions with companies on a range of issues including on data protection. Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly on the Gov.uk website.

We take both the protection of personal data and the right to privacy extremely seriously. The Data Protection Act 2018 makes our data protection laws fit for the digital age in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed and empowers people to take control of their data. As the independent regulator for data protection in the UK, the ICO were aware of the issue concerning Facebook and carried out inquiries as part of an in-depth investigation into data analytics for political purposes. Information about and the outcome of that investigation and all related actions taken, can be found on the ICO website here:

https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/investigation-into-data-analytics-for-political-purposes/

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