Facebook‘s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mark Zuckerberg, does not currently plan to implement the European Union’s new data privacy law changes across the social networking site’s global ecosystem. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to take effect on May 25, aims to protect the data privacy of all European citizens by regulating the transfer of personal data outside the EU region.
The data misuse prompted several countries to turn their attention to Facebook’s data privacy practices and its role in the political arena, noting how the platform could be used to influence election results in particular. In March, Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, announced that EU lawmakers will be launching a full investigation into the alleged abuse of Facebook’s user data, saying that the abuse is an “unacceptable violation” of the right to privacy of millions of Facebook users. Although Mr. Zuckerberg maintains that his company won’t be implementing the new European data privacy law worldwide, he acknowledges that some of its privacy guarantees are already being adopted by the social networking site to help protect the personal data of Facebook’s more than 2 billion users globally. Nevertheless, his comments suggest some serious privacy implications for Facebook users outside of EU including the U.S., where the Federal Trade Commission is also currently investigating the social media platform.