European Privacy Law on Facebook


“Without privacy there is no point in being an individual”.

European privacy law also known as “general data protection regulation” is a regulation in European union (EU) law(2016/679(EU)) made by European and parliament union on 14th April 2016 and will be implemented on 25th may 2018.This regulation is for the protection of personal data and its processing and repealing directive 95/46/EC (data protection directive).This is a replacement of the old data protection directive(1995). It applies to all the companies that processes personal data about individuals in EU, regardless of where the company is based. According to the regulation any company not complying with this directive will have to pay a heavy fine i.e. 4% of global worldwide revenue or 20 million, whichever is higher?

Facebook being a major data processor as well as controller in this world would also have to comply with this directive. India has almost 12% of the total global active users of Facebook i.e. nearly 250 million active accounts. And like the regulation in EU all other countries including India should also adopt such directives, because the data breaching case form social networking sites has increased at an alarming rate.

The recent data breaching scandal form Facebook has made these types of laws a necessity in todays world. The data whether it be private or public of an individual is not completely safe in the hands of these social media networking sites. Although the sites like Facebook has many privacy options and makes you feel you are in control of your wall, but buries an ‘unless you don’t want to share’ at the bottom. If you don’t opt out, it assumes you are happy to share. Even if you do, you can never be sure the non-consensual sharing has stopped. Facebook also has faced criticism in its fight against net-neutrality that means free access to a few websites, including its own. In my option Facebook should also ask you every quarter if you want to revoke permission, because majority of the data breaching by the “third-party apps”, which are being supported and promoted as well by Facebook. For the sake of protection of the individual data, there must be more transparency and clarity in the privacy terms & conditions. We also don’t have a robust legal framework that acts swiftly, permit class action lawsuits and awards. Hence these types of regulation are necessarily required in countries where users are naïve, unaware and incapable of protecting their own interest.


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