Facebook's efforts to keep its face on its data policy could be less based on outrage and more because it was enforced by European legislators who tackled the digital economy if the US did not.
Critics have called Facebook for more transparency – and additional regulation from Congress – since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where a consulting firm working with President Trump could gather data from 50 million users, many without their consent
founders Mark Zuckerberg blamed old politics for the scandal, and California-based tech giant offered its own solution this week, announcing that privacy tools are easier for users to find and give users the ability to control how they use them their data will be used.
Facebook said the changes came after hearing the digital cries of its billions of users, despite the fact that the measures it proposes are in line with the European Union's data protection requirements, which need to be implemented in t he comes in the next few months.
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The EU General Data Protection Regulation, a far-reaching and far-reaching law on data and human rights on the Internet, will shortly come into force in May and affects all businesses Central to the law for individuals is the requirement that websites such as Facebook explain what data they collect in clear, non-legal terms the right data and the "purpose restriction" that restricts the use of data for purposes other than its original purpose, such as For example, location data in Google Maps that's just to help someone from A to B.  Data breaches used to be penalized with smaller fines, though the new law will allow the authorities to attract businesses for up to 4% of global annual revenue – more than $ 1 billion in the case of Facebook.
According to groups such as the European Digital Rights (EDRi) data protection and privacy organization, it helps to recognize a range of rights for people in the relatively lawless online world, which is dominated by a small number of multinational corporations.
"Ideally, in 10 or 20 years, the standards we have, we will ask," How have we not had that before? "I think that's the question of next generation that says "I've heard of Cambridge Analytica in a history book that's crazy," said Diego Naranjo, a Spaniard political adviser to EDRi in Brussels
The GDPR faces uncertainty as to what it will look like when It is being implemented and enforced by the governments in Berlin, Paris or Rome.
The argument is that more regulation will hamper innovation and discourage newcomers from giving up the army of lawyers employed by large technology companies.
Law that applies to both governments and businesses also distinguishes sensitive personal information, including someone's religion, political views and health How accurate platforms like Facebook will allow users to control the data that is at the center of their business model.
The law, which applies to both governments and businesses, distinguishes sensitive personal information, including religion, political views, and health. It's not clear how precise platforms like Facebook will allow users to control the data that is at the heart of their business model.
The social media platform did not answer a question on how the controls will look like in a statement saying "we will make sure Facebook's products and services comply with the DSGVO" and pointed to a speech by COO Sheryl Sandberg that their company would go beyond what the law requires.
Facebook has also not answered whether it would align its entire platform with the new regulation or would have different standards for Europe and for users in countries like the United States, where there is no general data law.
The Obama administration made several attempts for a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights," which stalled in Congress, and many data problems, such as an investigation in Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are handled by the Federal Trade Commission rather than a specific data agency, such as in Europe.
"A model is the US model where you do not really have a privacy bill and then the best example is a Comprehensive Data Act is the GDPR," said Amba Kak, a Mozilla political scientist, in favor of the adoption privacy laws in India.
A committee in India is drafting a law and is considering other countries as examples, although the leadership that the US has shown in creating technologies has been lacking in developing appropriate guidelines for using the technology.
Dr. Brent Mittelstadt, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, said a mix of self-regulation and government regulation was needed to avoid situations like Cambridge Analytica, where user data was unconsciously used for political purposes.
"You can not take the benefits of self-regulation and at the same time make the claim: Hey, we've moved within the limits of the law, sorry if you have a problem with it," he said.
Experts say the stricter laws may be necessary because the average person should not be a techie to know their data is safe online.
"When you used the elevator, you did not check the safety regulations for people who use elevators you just hit the button and go inside. That should be the same for the rest of our technologies, "said Naranjo.
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