Facebook is cutting billions from privacy act

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Facebook has the terms and conditions of the service changed, the means are not protected 1.5 billion members, under tough new privacy-protection come to Europe.

The move comes as the company faces a number of questions from legislators and regulators around the world about the handling of personal data.

The change revolves around the user is controlled, via its European headquarters in Ireland.

Facebook said it planned to clarify the rules for the protection of the privacy in the world.

The move, reported by Reuters, will see Facebook users outside the EU is subject to that of Facebook Inc, in the USA, rather than Facebook Ireland.

It is well to avoid as a way for the social network, the upcoming General data protection regulation (GDPR) will apply in countries outside the EU.

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The change affects more than 70% of the more than two billion members. December, Facebook had 239 million users in the United States and Canada, and 370 million in Europe.

It also had 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, and they are the ones affected by the change.

Users in the US and Canada have never been the subject of European rules.

“The GDPR and EU consumer law, specific rules for the terms and conditions and privacy provisions, we have included for EU users. We have been clear that we have to offer, who Facebook uses the same privacy controls and settings-no matter where you live,” said Stephen Deadman, deputy global chief privacy officer at Facebook.
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Sylvia Kingsmill, a digital privacy expert at the consulting firm KPMG, said that such moves were “an easy way out” for tech companies.

“I think the public expectation is that your data, give you free, up to corporate giant, is protected, and I think this style will catch up from the move, with the companies that make it.”

She added that the regulators and legislators in the United States and Canada, with their own laws, which offers the same control elements of the “game-changing” GDPR.Positive Step

In 2008, Facebook set up, to use its international headquarters in Ireland, the country’s low corporate tax rates but it also meant that all users outside of the United States and Canada were protected by the European regulations.

The change means that users outside Europe will no longer be able to file a complaint with the Irish data protection commissioner, or in the Irish courts.

GDPR, to come into force next month, offers consumers in the EU have far more control over your data. It promises to fine companies found violating the data rules up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover.

Facebook has been under very close control of the following revelations, which may have had up to 87 million users, their data harvested from political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica, without your consent.

In its response to Congress about Facebook’s involvement in the scandal, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the GDPR was “a very positive step for the internet”.

When asked whether the rules should be applied, in the United States, he replied: “I think everyone in the world deserves good protection of privacy.”