Europe versus Zuckerberg’s Facebook: An impending cyber war

    London (CNN Business)Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has unfortunately put Facebook in contention with European regulators.

    Where did Facebook go wrong?

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    Zuckerberg on Wednesday in a lengthy blog post stated that he desires to connect WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. This he wants to achieve to ensure easier access for users to connect across his social media platforms.

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    How does it contravene European laws?

    This development would most likely be challenged in Europe, where thorough privacy regulations were enforced last year. Besides that, regulators have already frowned at any move from Facebook to share data between its companies.

    In January, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) publicized an unlikely statement following a release by the New York Times. it read that Zuckerberg wanted to unite the underground technicalities of the apps.

    “Previous proposals to share data between Facebook companies have given rise to significant data protection concerns and the Irish DPC will be seeking early assurances that all such concerns will be fully taken into account,” it said in part.

    Facebook’s reaction

    Facebook released a statement on Thursday where it noted that its plans are “still in the early stages” and that “integration will take time and discussion to build as there are technical and other challenges that need to be considered carefully.”

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    The social media giants said it would not relent in cooperating with the Irish regulator on privacy issues. The DPC however refrained to expound on its January statement.

    Europe is attacking Facebook from all sides

    Europe is not only having issues with Zuckerberg on data privacy. As it appears, EU antitrust regulators, who did not make any remark on Thursday, could get involved.

    Ireland is not the only country against Facebook’s data sharing policy

    Germany’s antitrust office last month squared that Facebook was misusing its position as number one in the market, why? Because information from Instagram, WhatsApp and third party websites can be merged.


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