Meta says it could shut down Facebook and Instagram in Europe

Meta said that many companies, organizations and services depend on data transfers between the European Union and the United States to operate global services.

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Meta, the company of Mark Zuckerberg, has warned that it could be able to close Facebook and Instagram services throughout Europe. This decision was made by the company because it cannot transfer user data outside of that region and to the United States.

And it is that the regulators in Europe are drafting a law where they will indicate how the data of the users of the citizens of the European Union will be transferred through to the American continent.

Faced with this, Facebook said: “If a new transatlantic data transfer framework is not adopted and we cannot continue to rely on SCCs (standard contractual clauses) or rely on other alternative means of transferring data from Europe to the United States, We may not be able to offer a number of our most important products and services, including (the services of) Facebook and Instagramin Europe”.

Regarding this response from Facebook, European legislator Axel Voss said: “Meta cannot simply blackmail the European Union into giving up its data protection standards.”

Meta said that he really has no plans to leave Europe, and that he has already raised this situation on other occasions. He also said that many companies, organizations and services rely on data transfers between the European Union and the United States to operate global services.

In August 2020, the Irish Protection Commission sent Facebook a preliminary order to stop transferring user data from the European Union to the US.

In July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the data transfer standard between the European Union and the US does not adequately protect the privacy of European citizens.

The court, the European Union’s highest legal authority, restricted how US companies could send European user data to the US after concluding that European Union citizens had no effective way to prevent US government surveillance.

In theory, US agencies like the NSA can ask Internet companies like Facebook and Google to hand over data about a European Union citizen. and that citizen of the European Union would not notice.

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