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Zuckerberg accepts European Union parliament grilling over data scandal

Zuckerberg accepts European Union parliament grilling over data scandal

The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted an invitation to come to Brussels as soon as next week, Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said in a Wednesday press release. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", Tajani said.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"I appreciate that Mark Zuckerberg has made a decision to present himself in front of the representatives of 500 million Europeans", he said.

European Union justice commissioner Vera Jourova, who is in charge of the bloc's new privacy rules, welcomed Zuckerberg's decision to travel to Brussels in person, but said she regretted the meeting will happen behind closed doors. He said that during the meeting, Zuckerberg will appear before the members of the LIBE committee and other relevant committees to carry out an in-depth analysis of various aspects related to personal data protection. Collins warned Zuckerberg last month that if he does not come voluntarily, he could be issued a formal summons, which would force him to appear before the parliament when he next enters the United Kingdom.

Indeed, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which Collins is chair, tweeted its disappointment for the citizens of the United Kingdom that had their Facebook data illegally harvested.

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"I'm glad that mark Zuckerberg has accepted the invitation from the EP and come to Brussels to answer questions about privacy".

"Pity this will not be a public hearing".

But in stark contrast with his public and televised appearance in front of the United States Congress in April, Zuckerberg is scheduled to attend a closed session in Europe with no cameras.

Zuckerberg will also be meeting with French president, Emmanuel Macron on 23 May.

A DCMS committee spokesperson confirmed no formal summons has been issued to Zuckerberg to date, although Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings, and former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix - both embroiled in the burgeoning scandal over the alleged misuse of data in political campaigns - were subject to formal summons.