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Facebook to change user terms, limiting effect of EU privacy law

19 April 2018

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it.  Facebook members outside the United States and Canada  are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Ireland.

Next month, Facebook is planning to make that the case for only European users. This means 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America will not fall under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users’ consent. Facebook is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR.