This is why our government needs to follow the EU’s lead with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which allows citizens to control their personal data, and brings with it severe financial penalties for companies that don’t comply.
It would not be difficult for Facebook to extend the same privacy protections to citizens outside the European Union. A flip of a switch really. Instead, they choose to be non-transparent and suck up as much user data as possible.
Zuckerberg told Reuters in a phone interview that Facebook was working on a version of the [European] law that would work globally, bringing some European privacy guarantees worldwide, but the 33-year-old billionaire demurred when asked what parts of the law he would not extend worldwide.
“We’re still nailing down details on this, but it should directionally be, in spirit, the whole thing,” Zuckerberg said. He did not elaborate.