Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill over social media data breach on April 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

As Zuckerberg testifies before Congress, Peskin plans for data-protection ballot measure in SF

On the heels of Congress’ grilling of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday for failing to protect user data, Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced he is drafting a November ballot measure to protect the personal data of those using technology services in San Francisco.

The details of the measure are unknown, but Peskin said it would “prohibit the City and County of San Francisco from contracting or doing business with any private entity that fails to adhere to the highest standards for data protection, that traffics in or monetizes in anyway the private, personal information of its users or consumers or that collects, copies or stores the private, personal information of its users for any purpose other than is absolutely necessary for the provision of its services.”

Peskin said the provision would apply to any company that has leases or permits with The City, such as e-scooter companies — a proposal is pending to require permits for e-scooters — or bike-share companies.

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Zuckerberg was called to Capitol Hill to testify in the wake of revelations that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had access to tens of millions of Facebook users and was connected to the Donald Trump campaign.

“That data, as we are learning in more detail, was exploited and weaponized to manipulate the emotions of its users and to fundamentally undermine our democracy,” Peskin said. “We cannot sit idly by while private companies pursue an unrestrained profit motive with ruthless and reckless intent.” Politics

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