Facebook change of data privacy terms to affect 1.5 billion users
Category: #world  By Paroma Bhattacharya  Date: 2018-04-23
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Facebook change of data privacy terms to affect 1.5 billion users

Facebook, the social media platform that has come under severe scrutiny due to the allegation of leaking personal data of 87 million users, declared that it will be soon changing its terms of service. This change in data privacy terms apparently means that 1.5 billion Facebook users will not be protected under the General Data Protection Regulation that is coming to Europe in May.

According to reliable sources, Facebook has 239 million users in Canada and U.S., 370 million users in Europe and 1.5 billion users in Asia, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. The changed terms of service will affect these 1.5 billion members who make up for almost 70% of the users of Facebook. Experts in digital privacy are labelling this action as a means of evasion used by tech firms.

According to Stephen Deadman, deputy chief privacy officer at Facebook, the social media firm will be offering all its users the same data protection and settings irrespective of their location across the globe. He added that GDPR is a specific set of rules applicable to data policies of EU users and Facebook will incorporate these terms for EU users only.

The change in the service terms of Facebook reportedly means that users outside of EU will be administered by Facebook Inc in the U.S. and not by Facebook Ireland. This is a foreboding for users outside Europe who will not be able to file complaints in the Irish courts any longer. However, U.S. and Canada are also working on setting their own laws that are expected to be as effective as the GDPR.

According to the GDPR, a breach in data rules will make the firm liable to pay 4% of annual global revenue in form of penalties.

Taking advantage of Ireland’s low corporate tax rates Facebook set up its headquarters in the country in 2008, which meant that users all over the world other that U.S. and Canada were protected by European guidelines. However, this will cease to be the case with the change in service terms.



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