While binging on Facebook, you must have noticed some push messages to share more information about you. Facebook is pushing you to do this through invasive and limited default alternatives despite the latest EU data protection laws. These laws are put into effect aiming at offering the users more control and choice.
In a new revelation, The Norwegian Consumer Council found that Facebook privacy updates clash with new general data protection Regulation (GDPR), which compels companies to clear the air about the choices the users must have while sharing personal details.
Such practices give a clear indication that Facebook has no respect for their users and on the issue of giving them the control, Facebook is circumventing. The case for the new laws has been uplifted by the recent scandal over the harvesting of Facebook users’ data by a British consultancy Cambridge Analytica for the 2016 US presidential election.
The information was gathered from mid-April to early June; a couple of weeks after the EU rules came into force. The report raised a question that why the social media giant and the search engine colossus do not often come up with the least privacy-friendly option as a default and users hardly make changes in the pre-selected settings. You need to be ready for a lot of maneuvers if you decide to make a change in the privacy settings. Moreover, they are often hidden.
The study further reveals, in a number of cases, the services deny the fact that the users have a very few actual choices, and that comprehensive data sharing is acknowledged just by taking the service.
The EU has tagged the GDPR as the biggest reshuffle of data privacy regulations since the birth of the web. Both Facebook and Google have already faced their first official complaints under the latest law after an Austrian privacy campaigner charged them for forcing users to provide their consent to the use of their personal information.
Besides, companies can be penalized with a whopping sum of up to 20 million euros ($24 million) or 4% of yearly global turnover for not following the stringent new data rules for the European Union, a commonplace of 500 million people.