Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has said himself that North America will be excluded from some of the privacy enhancements being rolled out in the coming months. This is following the scandal that Facebook has been collecting phone records, Internet history, and various other private things from people around the world.
In the phone interview with Reuters conducted yesterday, Zuckerburg declined to talk about implementing privacy standards worldwide to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, passed by the European Union. He said, however, his company was working to rework the law to guarantee certain European privacy rights worldwide. When asked about these rights, however, he declined to comment on which factors of the GDPR they were working to come online.
In a blog post from late last month, Facebook promised its users that their privacy options would be easier to find in the future, and the blog post also mentions that they will be changing their terms of service in the future to help users across the world.
It’s no surprise that social media profits off of our data. They have to make their money somehow to be able to maintain their servers and services. But in these recent months, people have cried out that Facebook has simply crossed the lines and has become something reminiscent of the thought police from 1984. Facebook has been at the front lines of the privacy argument against the general public, trying to keep their actions secret from the world. The European Union’s GDPR is a great first step to protect the privacy of millions of people who use Facebook. But North America simply does not have these laws in place, so what is stopping Facebook from preying on North America only?
In the continuing fight of net neutrality, the NSA and privacy of the American people, companies will have to change soon. If Facebook keeps harvesting data from innocent civilians, they may be on the wrong end of a class action lawsuit.