I mean, what did we expect?
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed something yesterday that will make privacy activists sigh with a sense of ‘why did we expect any different?’
Zuckerberg told Reuters
that Facebook won’t roll out the tough new EU data protection rules worldwide in full. That’s despite them being the closest we have a 'gold standard’ for responsible use of data.
He hasn’t said exactly which parts of the law won’t be implemented worldwide. For all we know, it could be obscure parts that make no meaningful difference, or that require government oversight to work. Maybe Zuck is just being practical.
But he’s evasive on the details at a time when Facebook really can’t afford to lose any more trust. You can’t blame people for getting angry
that we might end up with a world where companies offer differing levels of protection
depending on what local governments force them to do.
User interests and safety now need to be visibly, unarguably front and centre of everything Facebook does. It needs to be the gold standard, even if its business model makes that a real challenge.