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Facebook and Instagram threaten to leave the EU if they are not allowed to send data to the US

  • Meta warns that its future “could be compromised” if Brussels does not change the laws so that it can send data from European users to the US

  • The current community legislation limits the exchange of data on the understanding that Washington does not guarantee private treatment of that personal information

Goal has again threatened the European Union (EU) with withdraw Facebook and Instagram of the community market. In a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the giant of the social media has warned that the future of its platforms in Europe “could be compromised” if they do not reach an agreement with Brussels so that the technology company can send data personal data of European users to United States.

This message comes after the EU adopted the so-called sentence in 2020 Schrems II and annul the agreement that until then allowed the transfer of data to both sides of the Atlantic. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided to annul this legal framework, also known as ‘Privacy Shield’, considering that Washington does not guarantee private treatment of the data of European citizens or that they do not end up being used for the mass surveillance.

The sentence was a severe blow for the big technology companies that, like Meta, Google or amazonthey happen to be violating the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Since then there is a vacuum that does not establish what relationship will USA and the EU in terms of privacy and so these companies continue to transfer data from European users to the US, under possible sanctions.

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European legislation for data protection is beginning to give birth to pioneering rulings to improve the digital privacy of citizens. On January 13, the Austrian regulatory body reported that the use of Google Analytics violated the GDPR by providing personal data of European citizens to the US authorities, a case that will most likely be replicated throughout the EU. A few days later, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) sanctioned the European Parliament for committing the same violation of its directives, forcing it to rectify.

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In your document, Meta (the new name of the parent company of mark zuckerberg) notes that “if a new transatlantic data transfer framework is not adopted and we are unable to continue to use ECCs or other alternative means of transferring data from Europe to the United States, we may not be able to offer a number of our products or services such as Facebook or Instagram, which would adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations”.

Despite launching this ordeal, a withdrawal from the EU would be a disaster, as it is one of the company’s largest markets and its hundreds of thousands of users are key to its business.

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