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Apr 10, 2018

Tester Defends Montanans’ Privacy, Holds Facebook Accountable for Breach of Trust

Senator: Who We Share Our Likes and Dislikes With is a Question of Personal Freedom

(U.S. Senate)—U.S. Senator Jon Tester is relentlessly defending Montanans’ right to privacy and fighting to hold Facebook accountable for allowing foreign actors to steal private information from tens of millions of Americans.

Following recent reports that up to 87 million American Facebook users had their personal information shared without their consent, Tester questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today during a Senate oversight hearing and pushed him to outline the specific steps the company is taking to prevent another breach of privacy.

“Facebook is an American company and with that, I believe you have a responsibility to protect our American liberties – central to that is our privacy,” Tester told Zuckerberg. “Who and how we choose to share our personal information with is a question of personal freedom. Who we share our likes and dislikes with is a question of personal freedom. This troubling episode completely shatters that liberty.”

It was recently reported that the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm. That personal information was used to target political advertising.

Tester expressed his concerns that Montanans’ private information was still at risk and he grilled Zuckerberg on his ability to audit foreign countries that have attained and misused personal information that originated through Facebook.

During the hearing, Zuckerberg endorsed Tester’s Honest Ads Act, which will require disclaimers for online political ads identifying the source of funding. These disclaimers are currently required on television and newspaper ads, but not on social media platforms.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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