Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told two Senate committees at a hearing today that he would be open to the “right regulations.”
Zuckerberg’s comments were in response to a question from Lindsey Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina.
“My position is not that there should be no regulation,” said Zuckerberg.
Graham later followed up by asking whether the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an example of the right kind of regulation.
“I think that they get things right,” said Zuckerberg.
The GDPR is an all-encompassing set of privacy regulations set to come into force within all of the E.U.’s 28 member states on May 25th, 2018.
The provisions are intended to give citizens of the E.U. control over how their personal data is shared online.
Graham wasn’t the only Senator to press Zuckerberg on the subject of regulation.
Maria Cantwell, a Democratic Senator from Washington, asked Zuckerberg whether he believed that something like the GDPR should be applied within the U.S.
“I believe everyone in the world deserve good privacy protection,” said Zuckerberg. “We’re committed to rolling out the controls and the affirmative consent and the special controls around sensitive types of technology like face recognition that are required in the GDPR. We’re doing that around the world.”
Zuckerberg’s comments echo what he said during a media call, in which he said that all Facebook users would be given the same privacy tools as E.U. citizens.