Australia to summon Zuckerberg over Huawei data deal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Canberra, June 7 : An Australian intelligence committee said on Thursday that it was considering summoning Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a public hearing following revelations his company had a data-sharing deal with Huawei and other Chinese tech companies.

Australian politicians may seek to have Mark Zuckerberg appear before the federal parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee.

Australian and US Intelligence officials have repeatedly raised concerns about Huawei’s connections to the Chinese government.As Huawei has access to Facebook user data under an agreement ,the company has been repeatedly named as a security concern by intelligence officials, and Australian defence officials are not allowed to use its devices.

Labor MP Anthony Byrne, deputy chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS), said Zuckerberg owes an explanation to Australian Facebook users, reports Efe news.

“It is vital that Facebook explains its data sharing partnership with firms such as Huawei. We need to protect the data of over 15 million Facebook users in Australia,” Byrne posted on his Facebook page on Thursday.

“If need be, Zuckerberg will be invited to appear before the PJCIS in a public hearing to explain himself to our committee and the Australian people.”

It was revealed on Wednesday that Facebook had admitted giving Huawei and three other Chinese companies – Lenovo, OPPO and TCL – specialised access to user data.

In recent years, US senators and national security officials have warned of the possibility of the Chinese government having access to Huawei servers.

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