Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Facebook Just Moved 1.5 Billion Users' Data To Avoid New Privacy Laws

Facebook Just Moved 1.5 Billion Users' Data To Avoid New Privacy Laws

Facebook is changing its terms of service to shift responsibility for users outside the United States, Europe and Canada from its worldwide headquarters in Ireland to its main offices in California, Reuters reported. Jerry McNerney, a California Democrat who represents parts of Contra Costa County, asked Zuckerberg when U.S. Facebook users would get GDPR protections.

Facebook is set to comply with strict new privacy rules in Europe next month, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly that those protections will be available around the world.

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules created to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

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.

The change by Facebook affects more than 70 percent of its more than 2 billion users.

It has 239 million users in the United States and Canada, 370 million in Europe and 1.52 billion elsewhere.

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Users around the world will be asked to think again about what information they share on and with the world's largest social network as it reels from its latest privacy scandal.

Facebook, like many other United States 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 change means the 1.5 billion affected users will not be able to file complaints with Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner or in Irish courts.

Facebook's ad revenue per user varies, but is highest in the US & Canada, where each user delivers the social network $82.44 a year, so the average US or Canadian user would need to pay an average $7 a month to use the platform, per TechCrunch analysis.

Facebook showed how the social media service plans to comply with the new regulations. European Parliament on Wednesday renewed its call to Zuckerberg to come before the Parliament to answer questions on the misuse of European citizens' personal data. However, Facebook is taking steps to ensure the number is much smaller.

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