ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  RSS  |  ARCHIVE  |  2019-05-22  |  UPDATED: 2019/5/21 - 13:35:49 FA | AR | EN
Xavi Hernandez hangs up boots at age of 39 at Tehran             Peace Has Eventually Become Possible In Afghanistan: Wang             Six Civilians Killed in Irresponsible Armed Groups Gunfight in Takhar             3.5 Million Afghans Displaced Since 2012: IOM             Al-Qaeda Elements Are Seen In Parts Of Afghanistan: Miller            Palestinian cabinet not consulted on US-led Bahrain summit, PM says             Trump says Chinaís ígetting totally killed with tariffsí            Swedish prosecutor files formal request for Assange arrest over rape allegation            Google suspends ties with Huawei after Trumpís ban             Trump says no war, but wonít let Iran have nuclear weapons             Airstrike Reportedly Kills Five Civilians In Helmand             UN Stresses On Persistent Anti-Corruption Efforts In Afghanistan             Far-rights across Europe rally, call for pre-Maastricht rules             Yamamoto Calls For Separate Holding Of Upcoming Elections             Afghan Treasures Displayed At China Exhibition            

DATE PUBLISHED: 2018/4/19 - 08:08:17
VISIT: 1126
SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS

Facebook seeks to limit effects of new EU privacy law
 Facebook seeks to limit effects of new EU privacy law

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc. users around the world would be protected by it. The online social network is making changes that ensure the number will be much smaller.

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.

The change comes as Facebook is under scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world since disclosing last month that the personal information of millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, setting off wider concerns about how it handles user data.

The change affects more than 70 percent of Facebook’s 2 billion-plus members. As of December, Facebook had 239 million users in the United States and Canada, 370 million in Europe and 1.52 billion users elsewhere.

Facebook, like many other US 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 unit is subject to regulations applied by the 28-nation European Union.

Facebook said the latest change does not have tax implications.

‘In spirit’

In a statement given to Reuters, Facebook played down the importance of the terms of service change, saying it plans to make the privacy controls and settings that Europe will get under GDPR available to the rest of the world.

“We apply the same privacy protections everywhere, regardless of whether your agreement is with Facebook Inc or Facebook Ireland,” the company said.

Earlier this month, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told Reuters in an interview that his company would apply the EU law globally “in spirit,” but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, the US, April 11, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

In practice, 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. Instead they will be governed by more lenient US privacy laws, said Michael Veale, a technology policy researcher at University College London.

Facebook will have more leeway in how it handles data about those users, Veale said. Certain types of data such as browsing history, for instance, are considered personal data under EU law but are not as protected in the United States, he said.

The company said its rationale for the change was related to the European Union’s mandated privacy notices, “because EU law requires specific language.” For example, the company said, the new EU law requires specific legal terminology about the legal basis for processing data which does not exist in US law.

No warning

Ireland was unaware of the change. 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 released a revised terms of service in draft form two weeks ago, and they are scheduled to take effect next month.

Other multinational companies are also planning changes. LinkedIn, a unit of Microsoft Corp, tells users in its existing terms of service that if they are outside the United States, they have a contract with LinkedIn Ireland. New terms that take effect May 8 move non-Europeans to contracts with US-based LinkedIn Corp.

LinkedIn said in a statement on Wednesday that all users are entitled to the same privacy protections. “We’ve simply streamlined the contract location to ensure all members understand the LinkedIn entity is responsible for their personal data,” the company said.

 

LINK: http://ansarpress.com/english/9909


TAGS:






*
*

*



SEE ALSO

Facebook chooses London for WhatsApp payment


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo looks to Dubai as international launchpad


Google targeting Press TV for challenging íUS hegemonyí: Journalist


US intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security: The Times


Instagram deletes pages of IRGC commanders after US blacklisting


Facebook spends $22.6 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe


Scientists find likely source of methane on Mars


US government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger: Reuters


Facebook ínot aware of any abuseí of data by phone makers


Indian Scientist Finds Way to See Wormholes in Space-Time





VIEWED
MOST DISCUSSED







POLL

Modi, Merkel Discuss Afghanistan, Radicalisation And Terrorism

SEE RESULT


LAST NEWS

Trump loses court battle over House subpoena to obtain financial records

Xavi Hernandez hangs up boots at age of 39 at Tehran

Peace Has Eventually Become Possible In Afghanistan: Wang

Six Civilians Killed in Irresponsible Armed Groups Gunfight in Takhar

3.5 Million Afghans Displaced Since 2012: IOM

Al-Qaeda Elements Are Seen In Parts Of Afghanistan: Miller

Palestinian cabinet not consulted on US-led Bahrain summit, PM says

Trump says Chinaís ígetting totally killed with tariffsí

Swedish prosecutor files formal request for Assange arrest over rape allegation

Google suspends ties with Huawei after Trumpís ban

Trump says no war, but wonít let Iran have nuclear weapons

Airstrike Reportedly Kills Five Civilians In Helmand

UN Stresses On Persistent Anti-Corruption Efforts In Afghanistan

Far-rights across Europe rally, call for pre-Maastricht rules

Yamamoto Calls For Separate Holding Of Upcoming Elections

Afghan Treasures Displayed At China Exhibition

MPs Brawl Over Election Of New Speaker

Saudi king calls for urgent meetings of Arab leaders

Turkey now eyes Russiaís S-500 missile system

Venezuela army awaiting US Ďwith weapons in handsí

Man City crush Watford in FA Cup final to win domestic treble

President Maduro declares begining of Norway-brokered talks with opposition

Trump says EU Ďtreating US worse than Chinaí on trade

France, UK, Germany defy US bid to ban Huawei equipment

Nigerian army opens fire on protesters demanding release of Zakzaky

Court Verdict Still To Be Implemented On Two New MPs

Election Planning Must Go Forward: Khalilzad

Trump says he hopes US does not go to war with Iran

IRGC commander: Iran enemies have reached end of the line

UN chief warns of nuclear Ďcoffiní leaking in Pacific

UK PM agrees to announce timetable for resignation

Russia continues dumping US debt: Report

Iran FM rules out possibility of talks with US

UAE Port Attack: Scenarios, Vindications

Situation In Pul-e-Charkhi Prison Remains Tense After Face Off

Sahraa Karimi To Lead Afghan Film As First Female Chairperson

India Delivers Pair Of MI-24 Helicopters To Afghan Forces

IEC Decides Not to Use Biometric System in Upcoming Elections

New Lawmakers Fail to Elect Parliament Speaker

China strikes back at US with tariff hike on goods worth $60bn


MEDICAL NEWS








ANSAR PRESS ©  |  ABOUT US  |  CONTACT US  |  MOBILE VERSION  |  LINKS  |  DESIGN: Negah Network Co.
All right reserved. Use this website by mentioning the source (link) is allowed. ›—ś‘ź«Ś «یš —š ی šŕŠ»šŌ«š