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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg tells US Congress his personal data sold to Cambridge

Washington DC, Apr 11 (efe-epa).- It turns out Mark Zuckerberg is one in 87 million, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires made available to EFE on Wednesday.

The Facebook Inc. CEO said his personal data was improperly sold to Cambridge Analytica by a developer.

The company last week said data on about 87 million users was accessed, but it didn't say whether Zuckerberg was affected.

That changed after Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat, flatly asked Zuckerberg Wednesday if his personal data was sold.

Zuckerberg's response: "Yes."

Responding to a question from Fred Upton (Republican, Michigan), Zuckerberg told lawmakers that he thought it was "inevitable that there will need to be some regulation" of his industry, but "you need to be careful of the regulations you put in place," he added.

He said that while some regulations could be painless for large companies to comply with, it could cause unneeded burdens for small start-ups.

A day earlier, he was asked by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina: "Do you, as a company, welcome regulation?" He responded: "I think if it's the right regulation, then yes."

In the Senate hearing Tuesday, lawmakers signaled they were prepared to embark on a new era of regulation for big tech companies.

Bobby Rush, a veteran Illinois Democrat who was active in the civil-rights movement, began his question by comparing Zuckerberg's business practices to the FBI's surveillance of civil-rights groups under J. Edgar Hoover.

Specifically, Rush said Facebook's privacy breaches were comparable to an FBI program in the 1960s that swept up civil-rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and others in domestic surveillance.

Zuckerberg said the difference between Facebook and law enforcement is the company gives users the ultimate control over their data.

"The difference is extremely clear. On Facebook, you have control over your information," he said. "I know of no surveillance organization that gives people the option to delete the data that they have," Dow Jones added in a report supplied to EFE.

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