In the aftermath of the UK's fine of € 560,000 for violating the legislation by allowing users access to information without their "consent", the European Parliament also issued a statement requesting an audit of the company of Mark Zuckerberg. MEPs have proposed a number of measures to strengthen the protection of personal data on social networks and to combat manipulation of elections.
With regard to Facebook, the executive wants the company to allow European organizations responsible for cybersecurity and data protection to conduct a complete and independent audit of the social network. The desire is to examine whether the protection and security of the users' personal data are actually being met. The results of this consultation will then be presented to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the national parliaments, the statement said.
It is also required that the social network introduces substantial changes to ensure compliance with European data protection legislation.
On the other hand, MEPs want the Commission to improve the competition rules, embracing the digital reality, as well as examining the business model of social networking platforms and possible monopoly situation taking into account the amount of personal data it has.
In addition to Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Italy have launched a class action lawsuit against Facebook, asking for financial compensation for users who have been affected in their territories.
In order to combat the manipulation of elections, MEPs are also taking additional steps to avoid new cases similar to Cambridge Analytica. First, the creation of automatic mechanisms to identify and remove fake accounts and fact checkers in the fight against fake news.
Secondly, the introduction of features that allow the adoption of the same "real" measures of the elections, such as transparency, budget limits, and above all respect for candidates' periods of reflection and equal treatment.
These and other measures revealed are in line with the Code of Conduct issued by the European Commission to combat fake news, which includes the distinction between the use of advertising products for political and commercial purposes. Citizens should immediately recognize the data of political parties and politicians, distinguishing the political messages paid.