Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook does not intend to raise the strict privacy rules of the upcoming privacy regulation outside the EU to the standard. He does say that some of the privacy guarantees will also apply outside the EU.
In a interview with Reuters Zuckerberg did not yet clear which provisions of the privacy regulation will be implemented worldwide. He said that Facebook is not there yet, but that the company will act ‘in the spirit of’ the regulation.
The privacy regulation, also known as gdpr is a range of new privacy rules of the EU entering into force on 25 May. The regulation entails both rights for citizens and obligations for organizations. In this way, people will soon be able to view, change, remove and take their personal details. In addition, organizations must keep a ‘privacy administration’, which states what data are processed for which purpose and how they are protected.
Among other companies as Apple have already implemented new privacy functionalities so that the company can also for example in the US will offer the same protections that EU citizens receive. For example, Apple has made it easier to make copies of the personal data, to deactivate or delete accounts, or to change data. It is not yet clear what Google will do outside the EU with regard to committing to the gdpr.