Bradley attorney David Lucas was quoted in Wired on Facebook’s changes to how it asks users for permission to collect their personal information in order to comply with strict new European privacy rules. The European rules, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) go into effect May 25, 2018, and will apply to any companies that collect or process data on individuals in the EU. They require that consumers give informed consent to how their data is being collected and used. Facebook appears to want to comply with the letter of the European rules, while changing as few of its data-handling practices as possible.
Lucas explained that tech companies are likely most concerned about GDPR provisions allowing for fines of up to 4 percent of global revenue for companies found to willfully not comply with the law. By showing these updates and changes, Facebook can argue it intended to comply. “Even if they’re found not to fully comply, they’ve at least mitigated their risk,” Lucas said.
The complete article, “Facebook Is Steering Users Away from Privacy Protections,” appeared in Wired on April 18, 2018.