Zuckerberg says Facebook won't extend all European privacy protections worldwide

Zuckerberg says Facebook won't extend all European privacy protections worldwide
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Amazon draws COVID scrutiny Meta exec who co-founded Diem digital currency leaving the company Two lawyers who filed suit challenging election results ordered to pay nearly 7K MORE said Tuesday that the social media giant will not offer all of the new privacy standards mandated by the European Union outside of the regulations' jurisdiction.

Zuckerberg told Reuters in an interview that the company will overhaul some of its privacy practices globally, but he stopped short of promising that all users will be offered the same protections as EU residents.

“We’re still nailing down details on this, but it should directionally be, in spirit, the whole thing,” Zuckerberg said when asked which requirements of the new law would apply worldwide. Zuckerberg did not offer specifics, Reuters reported.


Tech companies are scrambling to prepare themselves for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping new set of laws that will go into effect on May 25. Under the new regime, digital firms will be required to disclose in plain language to users what their data will be used for and offer consumers easy options to give and revoke consent to hand over their personal information.

The laws only apply to EU member states, but many privacy advocates are calling for companies to extend the consumer protections globally.

Zuckerberg’s comments signal that Facebook users in the U.S. may soon have less control over their personal data than European users.

Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook users around the world already have many of the tools that will be required under the law, including the ability to request a copy of their data and destroy it.

“We think that this is a good opportunity to take that moment across the rest of the world,” Zuckerberg said. “The vast majority of what is required here are things that we’ve already had for years across the world for everyone.”