Facebook users in the EU might have more privacy than the U.S.
CEO Mark Zuckerburg would not commit to extending all the protections in a new EU data privacy law to its users globally. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Law allows users to request all data stored on them and gives them the right to have that data deleted. It forces tech companies to get explicit consent, if they want to collect or store any personal data. The law takes effect on May 25 in the EU, but it’s up to tech companies to decide whether they’ll extend the same protections to their users worldwide.
Apple already updated its operating systems to comply with the new EU law. Users can get a copy of their stored data and temporarily or permanently delete their account. Zuckerberg said FB’s privacy settings are similar to the GDPR, but when asked which parts of the law would extend worldwide, Zuckerberg said he’s still not sure, stating, “We’re still nailing down details on this, but it should directionally be, in the spirit, the whole thing.”
Everyone is apprehensive since Facebook’s questionable data practices have come to light, so not promising explicit protection for all of the social platform’s users could be a poor move on Zuckerberg’s part.