Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR
The company says that despite the timing of the move, all users will have the same data privacy protections.
Facebook will change the way it administers its terms of service (TOS) for 1.5 million users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, the company confirmed today. Though users in those territories previously agreed to TOS dictated by the company’s corporate entity in the EU nation of Ireland, now they must legally agree to be bound by the US-based corporation’s terms.
The move, reported by Reuters today, comes as the EU prepares to begin enforcing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next month, and it means that only European Facebook users will immediately gain the personal data protections offered by the law. Facebook maintains, however, that the shift has nothing to do with GDPR, despite the timing, and says that all users everywhere will get the same privacy protection.