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Facebook threatens to pull out of EU

by on07 February 2022

Unless it is allowed to break privacy law

Social notworking group Facebook is throwing its toys out of the pram and  threatening to pull out of the EU unless it is allowed to break its GDPR laws.

Facebook is insisting that it should be allowed to share data about European users with its US operations, applications, and data centres.

What has gotten Facebook’s Capra hircus is a ruling by the EU's Court of Justice (in July of 2020) voiding a US law called the Privacy Shield. European courts are now determining the ruling's ramifications but with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) well in force, the US Privacy Shield is non-compliant and consequently invalid

It hits every American company, including cloud companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, it's Facebook/Meta that "says stopping transatlantic data transfers will have a devastating impact on its targeted online advertisements capabilities."

A spokesFacebook said: "If a new transatlantic data transfer framework is not adopted and we are unable to continue to rely on Standard Contractual Clauses [now also subject to new judical scrutiny] or rely upon other alternative means of data transfers from Europe to the United States, we will likely be unable to offer a number of our most significant products and services, including Facebook and Instagram, in Europe, which would materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations."

Of course, the filing also cites other hazards like the possibility of new legislation restricting Facebook's ability to collect data about minors, complaining that such legislation "may also result in limitations on our advertising services or our ability to offer products and services to minors in certain jurisdictions."

And in addition, "We are, and expect to continue to be, the subject of investigations, inquiries, data requests, requests for information, actions, and audits by government authorities and regulators in the United States, Europe, and around the world, particularly in the areas of privacy, data protection, law enforcement, consumer protection, civil rights, content moderation, and competition."

"Orders issued by, or inquiries or enforcement actions initiated by, government or regulatory authorities could cause us to incur substantial costs, expose us to unanticipated civil and criminal liability or penalties (including substantial monetary remedies), interrupt or require us to change our business practices in a manner materially adverse to our business, result in negative publicity and reputational harm, divert resources and the time and attention of management from our business, or subject us to other structural or behavioural remedies that adversely affect our business."


Last modified on 08 February 2022
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