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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Hearing 2018 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees regarding the unauthorized gathering of millions of Facebook users’ data by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, on Capitol Hill, in April.

Previously a looming afterthought for compliance professionals and siren song for privacy experts, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was cast under a new spotlight in the congressional hearings of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While it remains unknown whether Facebook is currently or will be in compliance with the GDPR, Zuckerberg said in his testimony that Facebook will extend the protections guaranteed to EU users under the GDPR to U.S. users.

Ian Lopez

Ian Lopez is a litigation editor for Law.com. He's also the author of What's Next, a weekly briefing on the intersection of law and technology. You can reach Ian at ilopez@alm.com. On Twitter - @IanMichaelLopez

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