Face­book shift­ing our data

The Western Star - - LIFE GADGETS AND GAMES -

LIKE other big com­pa­nies such as Ap­ple, Face­book set up of­fices in Ire­land to take ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s low cor­po­rate tax rate.

But thanks to stricter con­sumer pri­vacy laws passed in the Euro­pean Union — which is ba­si­cally anath­ema to Face­book — the so­cial me­dia gi­ant has had to re­verse course to avoid ex­tend­ing the same pri­vacy pro­tec­tions to you or me.

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

Two years ago the EU passed the Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) which gives EU res­i­dents greater ac­cess to and con­trol over their own data.

It comes into force in Europe on May 25 and es­sen­tially sets a global prece­dent for con­sumer rights over their data.

Thanks to Face­book’s tax re­duc­tion scheme, about 1.9 bil­lion users would all ben­e­fit from the new Euro­pean law. Good news, right? Well, not so fast.

So that Face­book doesn’t have to ex­tend the Euro­pean laws to ev­ery­one, next month the com­pany is shift­ing the data of 1.5 bil­lion mem­bers in Africa, Asia, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Latin Amer­ica back to the US so they don’t fall un­der the GDPR man­date, Reuters first re­ported.

As a re­sult, Face­book will have more lee­way in how it han­dles data about those users be­cause our pro­files will now be on a site gov­erned by US law where reg­u­la­tion isn’t as strict.

Photo: Alex Bran­don

PRI­VACY: Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg.

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