Facebook Working To Put 1.5 Billion Users Out Of Reach Of The EU’s GDPR Regulations….. Cue The Cry To #DeleteFacebook

Facebook really isn’t going to win hearts and minds with this latest move. Reuters has uncovered a move by the social media company to make changes so that 1.5 billion of the 1.9 billion users of Facebook will not covered by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in the EU on May 25. How are going to do that? Here’s how:

Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland.

Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users, meaning 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25.

The previously unreported move, which Facebook confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday, shows the world’s largest online social network is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR, which allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users’ consent.

That removes a huge potential liability for Facebook, as the new EU law allows for fines of up to 4 percent of global annual revenue for infractions, which in Facebook’s case could mean billions of dollars.

That’s pretty crafty if I may say so. It also proves that it’s back to business as usual for Facebook now that the Mark Zuckerberg apology tour has ended. Let’s face it, GDPR would negatively impact their business model so Facebook is doing everything possible to fight it. Which means that if this really bothers you, the choice is clear. Either live with the fact that you’re dealing with a company that doesn’t take your privacy seriously, or #DeleteFacebook.

One Response to “Facebook Working To Put 1.5 Billion Users Out Of Reach Of The EU’s GDPR Regulations….. Cue The Cry To #DeleteFacebook”

  1. […] that Facebook was taking steps to make sure that as many users as possible were not covered by GDPR which is something that I reported on this morning. As well as their feelings about GDPR. From there the grilling covered some veiled threats by […]

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