Facebook moves 1.5 billion users from Ireland to U.S. escaping EU privacy laws

Facebook moves 1.5 billion users from Ireland to U.S. escaping EU privacy laws
You would expect that with the level of scrutiny that Facebook is now under following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company would be on its best behavior. But that doesn't seem to matter to Mark Zuckerberg and crew. Consider that on May 25th, Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law goes into effect. Simply put, the new law prevents personal data from being used without express consent. Considering that the penalty for failing to comply is a whopping 4% of a company's global revenues, you might see why it behooves Facebook to keep its nose clean.

However, Facebook is already moving people around like they are pieces on a chess board in order to make things easier for it. While co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to follow the spirit of the GDPR globally, the company has already moved oversight for Facebook users outside the U.S., Canada and the EU from its international headquarters located in Ireland, to Facebook's main HQ in California. This changes the status of 1.5 billion Facebook users who will now be covered by U.S. laws rather than Irish law.

While Facebook claims that there will be no changes, some disagree. Researcher Lukasz Olejnik says that "Moving around one and a half billion users into other jurisdictions is not a simple copy-and-paste exercise." He adds that Facebook users who are part of the move will lose some existing privacy rights because such protection standards are lower in the U.S. than in Europe. For its part, Facebook says the change was made only because in the EU, the law requires that mandated privacy notices contain certain language which is not required in the states. Still, this seems to be an admission that the company moved these subscribers to escape EU laws.


In Facebook's defense, it isn't the only networking app moving users out of European jurisdiction and into the U.S. LinkedIn is moving its non-EU members to the states on May 8th. In a statement, the company said, "We’ve simply streamlined the contract location to ensure all members understand the LinkedIn entity responsible for their personal data."

source: TheGuardian

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13 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

Close you account

9. Nimbus

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Nope what u will do nothing i guess so.

11. tangbunna

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Facebook will let move 1.5B accounts to FBI Lab.

2. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

More shady maneuvers by suckaburger...

8. Nimbus

Posts: 439; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I don't think this is shady at all this all part of bussiness if any have a bussiness they will all do like this to prevent themselves from violation of any sudden new rule implementation by any country or union region government & consequences.The shady was fb collecting your data even without your login or register on fb or any social network.

3. cjreyes666

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I saw this coming, at my current workplace we have a huge order on electric switchboards for the data centers. Makes me wonder how big those data centers are.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Bastards for creating jobs...

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 431; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

GDPR applies to non-EU countries as well, in relation with EU.. So what exactly Facebook is trying?

5. emvxl

Posts: 139; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

It's moving users out of EU to escape GPDR. So in Facebook's mind, if it's not in EU, it's not subject to GPDR - at least, that's what I think FB is doing. If FB can avoid/bypass/ignore the law, it will. But Facebook says that nothing will change - I'll believe that...

6. Jacksie66 unregistered

Good riddance. Don't want that dirty bastard in my country.

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