IBM Corp and Apple Inc call for heightened oversight on the usage of personal data

The misuse of Facebook data by consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica affected more than 50 million users.

With Facebook Inc’s data being misused by consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, affecting more than 50 million users, executives from IBM and Apple Inc have called for more oversight on how personal data is being used.

Speaking at the 3-day China Development Forum in Beijing, while Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO called for a “well-crafted”, IBM Corp chief executive Virginia Rometty said users should have more control over their data.

“It’s clear to me that something, some large profound change is needed,” said Apple chief Tim Cook.

He went on to add, “I’m personally not a big fan of regulation because sometimes regulation can have unexpected consequences to it, however I think this certain situation is so dire, and has become so large, that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary”.

On Friday, U.S. lawmakers had officially requested that Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckaberg to explain, at a congressional hearing, how user’s data was released to the consultancy.

The incident has sparked widespread debate on the responsibility that tech firms have to properly inform their users on how their data is being used.

“If you’re going to use these technologies, you have to tell people you’re doing that, and they should never be surprised,” said Rometty. “(We have to let) people opt in and opt out, and be clear that ownership of the data does belong to the creator”.

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