On Tuesday, officials from Facebook and Google testified before a Parliamentary panel on information technology in Delhi.
On Tuesday, representatives from Facebook and Google testified before a Parliamentary panel on information technology in Delhi about the misuse of social media platforms. During the deposition, the issues of user privacy and women’s safety were reportedly discussed.
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According to Facebook, data is end-to-end encrypted
Panel members also expressed concerns about Facebook’s safety and the safety of women on the platform, according to the report. Facebook claims that its data is end-to-end encrypted and that any leaks occur through devices rather than through WhatsApp or Facebook. Facebook stated that it can only take action on women’s security when the issue is reported, and there is no way to file complaints on one’s own.
Stringent data privacy and security standards must be followed: Panel
According to CNN-News18, the panel members made it clear to both tech behemoths that they must follow the law. According to the report, the panel told them, “Stringent norms of data privacy and data security must be followed. The current flaws are unacceptable.” The panel expressed concern about Google allegedly listening in on people’s conversations via phone speakers. The panel wanted to know more about it.
Officials from YouTube and other sites will be summoned by the panel next
Earlier, Facebook officials told the IT panel that due to COVID-19, their company does not allow in-person meetings. However, Tharoor informed the social media company that the Parliament Secretariat does not permit virtual meetings, forcing Facebook officials to appear in person. In the coming weeks, the panel will convene representatives from YouTube, as well as other social media intermediaries.