NZ Facebook users to miss out on greater privacy protection

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"GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) shows the way forward", Ansip tweet read. It was meant to take effect on May 25th but Facebook is already moving 1.5 billion of its users from Ireland to the USA to avoid complying with the new laws. One Irish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he did not know of any plans by Facebook to transfer responsibilities wholesale to the United States or to decrease Facebook's presence in Ireland, where the social network is seeking to recruit more than 100 new staff. Facebook released a revised terms of service in draft form two weeks ago, and they are scheduled to take effect next month.

The 1.5 billion people affected are all users outside the US, Canada and the EU.

Global news agencyReutersis reporting that 1.5 billion Facebook members, including those in New Zealand, will soon no longer be covered by terms of service of the Facebook's worldwide headquarters in Ireland.

Facebook is set to comply with strict new privacy rules in Europe next month, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly that those protections will be available around the world.

If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow, nearly 1.9 billion Facebook Inc users around the world would be protected by it. The privacy protection laws are simply much lower and less restrictive than they are in many other countries.

The change will be made shortly before the new European Union rules - the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR - come into force, says The Guardian.

It would also be asking about the reported upcoming changes, he said.

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Facebook reportedly released a new terms of service draft two weeks ago and expect to have them take effect sometime next month, most likely before Mat 25th when the GDPR comes into effect.

"We have been clear that we are offering everyone who uses Facebook the same privacy protections, controls and settings, no matter where they live".

"We apply the same privacy protections everywhere, regardless of whether your agreement is with Facebook Inc or Facebook Ireland", the company said.

Facebook Ireland provides New Zealand's Facebook service.

Data is central to Facebook's advertising business, and it has not yet sketched out a satisfying plan for how it plans to comply, said Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser.

When GDPR takes effect on May 25, people in European Union countries will gain the right to transfer their data to other social networks, for example. New terms that take effect May 8 move non-Europeans to contracts with US -based LinkedIn Corp. Zuckerberg told Congress earlier this month that the GDPR controls would be applied to all Facebook users, not just those in the EU.

Facebook isn't the only social media company doing this either as LinkedIn is also moving its non-EU members back to the US.

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