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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the U.S. Senate did little to shore up public confidence in a company that traffics in its users' personal data.Stefano Quintarelli, one of Europe's top information technology experts and a leading advocate for online privacy (and, until recently, a member of the Italian Parliament), has been a persistent and prophetic critic of Facebook's abuse of its market position and misuse of online personal data.For Quintarelli, Cambridge Analytica's abuse of data acquired from Facebook was an inevitable consequence of Facebook's irresponsible business model.Facebook has now acknowledged that Cambridge Analytica was not alone in having exploited personal profiles acquired from Facebook.Spiekermann, a global authority on the trafficking of our online identities for purposes of targeted advertising, political propaganda, public and private surveillance or other nefarious purposes, emphasizes the need to crack down on "personal data markets".Facebook's immense lobbying power has so far mostly fended off the practical ideas of Quintarelli, Spiekermann and their fellow campaigners.
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