Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Facebook To Exclude Billion Plus People From GDPR Protection

Facebook To Exclude Billion Plus People From GDPR Protection

More than 1.5 billion Facebook users will be beyond the long arm of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), allowing Facebook to evade the soon-to-be-enforced data protection rules.

If tomorrow the law of the European Union, which does not allow companies to collect data about people online without their consent, will enter into force, nearly 1.9 billion users of Facebook around the world will come under his protection.

It also had 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, and they are the ones affected by the change. Facebook is known to have 239 million users in the United States and Canada, 370 million in Europe, and 1.52 billion users elsewhere in the world.

Global news agencyReutersis reporting that 1.5 billion Facebook members, including those in New Zealand, will soon no longer be covered by terms of service of the Facebook's worldwide headquarters in Ireland. One Irish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he did not know of any plans by Facebook to transfer responsibilities wholesale to the United States or to decrease Facebook's presence in Ireland, where the social network is seeking to recruit more than 100 new staff.

Facebook, like many other USA technology companies, established an Irish subsidiary in 2008 and took advantage of the country's low corporate tax rates, routing through it revenue from some advertisers outside North America. The shift lets Facebook go on unaffected by the EU's new data protection laws.

Facebook insists it will be offering the "same privacy protections, controls and settings" to all users "no matter where they live".

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Other multinational companies are also planning changes.

Currently Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg is under intense pressure following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the CEO facing calls to appear before various political committees around the world.

All that is needed is a provision that any big Internet company doing business in the European Union would be required to offer the EU's end user license agreement (EULA) as an option for all accounts, no matter where they lived. They will then be governed by U.S. law rather than Irish law.

Facebook will have more leeway in how it handles data about those users, Veale said.

Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network will be asked to decide whether they want to enable features like facial recognition and some types of targeted advertising, the company said in a blog post. This outgoing legislation will be replaced by the more updated GDPR, which intends to unify the rules for companies in the European Union and to compel companies to notify users. "We've simply streamlined the contract location to ensure all members understand the LinkedIn entity responsible for their personal data", the company said.

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