How GDPR is giving legal cover to Facebook

By Yves Faguy May 9, 20189 May 2018

How GDPR is giving legal cover to Facebook


Two weeks before the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, Reuters is reporting that most national regulators aren’t ready to enforce the new law, citing lack of funding and resources and data protection laws needing to be updated in their own national jurisdictions:

Their responses suggest the GDPR enforcement regime will be weaker than the bloc's anti-trust authority run directly by the European Commission, the EU executive, which hit Google here with a 2.4-billion-euro ($2.9 billion) fine last year.

That hasn’t stopped Facebook from getting ahead of the rollout with new privacy options, which critics say rely on subterfuge to encourage users to share more personal information, not less.  Kalev Leetaru notes that the internet giant is giving users the opportunity to turn on face recognition in Europe and Canada, which have stricter privacy controls than in the U.S. But it the process is designed to encourage users to lazily click 'Accept and Continue' to switch it on. Which begs the question whether the GDPR is really going to carry out the objective of giving people more control over their personal information:

With GDPR’s new requirements around user consent, suddenly all of these obstacles have been leveled. Far from restricting facial recognition even further, GDPR actually provides the legal cover for companies to finally roll it out to the very place that the old legal infrastructure made too difficult to do so.

Under cover of the wave of GDPR-related consent forms that users are being confronted with, Facebook has also managed to use the rollout to receive active confirmation of a host of other data collection and utilization activities, using the GDPR compliance process to push users to approve and enable every aspect of its data mining machine.

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Nick 5/11/2018 2:31:32 PM

I think you are confusing control and consent. Facebook is doing neither.

But consent is asking for active opt-in for collection and processing of personal data. You should research the difference. Yet facebook never asks for any permission at all as regards commercial use of data. It only does it for very limited options such as face recognition.

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