March 26, 2018 / 4:13 PM / a year ago

Facebook must face stricter regulation: German minister

FILE PHOTO - German Justice Minister Katarina Barley leaves after receiving her certificate of appointment from President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

BERLIN (Reuters) - Companies like Facebook must face stricter regulation and tougher penalties meted out by better equipped data-protection authorities, Germany’s justice minister said on Monday after a meeting with senior executives from the company.

Katarina Barley summoned the bosses, including European public affairs chief Richard Allan, after allegations surfaced that data from millions of its users was improperly used by consultants Cambridge Analytica to target U.S. and British voters in close-run elections.

“Facebook admitted abuses and excesses in the past and gave assurances that measures since taken mean they can’t happen again,” she said. “But promises aren’t enough. In future we will have to regulate companies like Facebook much more strictly.”

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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