Facebook Seeks Consent For Facial Recognition Tech In Canada, EU

Facebook Seeks Consent For Facial Recognition Tech In Canada, EU

"The GDPR and European Union consumer law set out specific rules for terms and data policies which we have incorporated for European Union users".

As of today, all Facebook users outside the USA and Canada are governed by terms of service enforced by the company's headquarters in Ireland. As of December of a year ago, Facebook had 239 million users based in the United States and Canada, 370 million users in Europe and 1.52 billion users in other countries.

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, nearly 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it.

"We not only want to comply with the law, but also go beyond our obligations to build new and improved privacy experiences for everyone on Facebook, " the company said.

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In a letter to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the EU assembly's president, Antonio Tajani, said that Europeans hit by the scandal "deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook's top manager".

Facebook denies making the changes to reduce its GDPR coverage, claiming everyone in the world will have the same privacy controls and settings.

"We apply the same privacy protections everywhere, regardless of whether your agreement is with Facebook Inc. or Facebook Ireland", the company told Reuters. Next month, the social network will change this situation, leaving under the protection of the European laws, only Europeans.

Facebook will change the way it administers its terms of service (TOS) for 1.5 million users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, the company confirmed today. Zuckerberg previously said the new privacy law would only apply to other users "in spirit". Simply put, the new law prevents personal data from being used without express consent. The EU says the rules are the most important change in data privacy regulation in a generation as it tries to catch up with technological advances since 1995, when the last comprehensive rules were approved. The tech company may have found a new batch of trouble. As reported by Reuters, the social network will change its policies next month so it's no longer responsible for the 1.5 billion non-European users who were covered under its previous arrangement. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that although he agrees "in spirit" with the GDPR rules, the company has no plans to impose these European Union rules worldwide - particularly not in the United States. But it is hard to tally that approach with the weasel words it continue to use about protecting its users' privacy.

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