This afternoon, at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sharply questioned Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on his company's failure to protect the privacy of its users, as well as the imperative of developing a federal regulatory framework that adequately safeguards user privacy going forward. Welch also took Congress to task for failing to enact much needed privacy protection legislation.
"You acknowledged candidly that Facebook made a mistake. You promised action. We're at the point where the action will speak much louder than the words. You have indicated that Facebook has not always protected the privacy of their users throughout the company's history Privacy cannot be based just on company policies, whether it's Facebook or any other company. There has to be a willingness on the part of this Congress to step up and provide policy protection to the privacy rights of every American consumer."