EU mandates Facebook, Google to abide by its privacy rules

EU mandates Facebook, Google to abide by its privacy rules

Summary: The mandate dropped amid revelations about government surveillance on U.K.-headquartered mobile provider Vodafone.

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The European Union is once again cracking down on big tech companies over privacy concerns and data regulation.

The latest ruling coming out of Brussels targets non-European organizations.

As highlighted by Reuters, most fingers are being pointed toward Facebook and Google, two of the largest treasure troves of consumer and corporate data worldwide.

Essentially, the message to Silicon Valley-based operations and others worldwide is that if they want to play and work in Europe, they need to abide by the same laws and regulations imposed on European-based tech firms.

Nevertheless, it remains to be announced how the European Union plans to enforce its legal authority over these particular businesses.

The mandate comes on the same day as news broke revealing the massive scale of government surveillance on global mobile provider Vodafone.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Vodafone operates in 29 countries. The carrier's latest transparency report covers those regions and the data requests by respective local law enforcement agencies.

While publishing transparency reports of such nature are commonplace in the tech world these days, has handed over to authorities that has many critics in an uproar on Friday.

Topics: Privacy, Data Management, Google, Government, Legal

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  • Uh, what?

    "While publishing transparency reports of such nature are commonplace in the tech world these days, has handed over to authorities that has many critics in an uproar on Friday."

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    What?
    Hallowed are the Ori
  • scroogle?

    scroogle doesn't care about anyone's privacy, just stealing their data. At least the EU understands how bad scoogle will scroogle you with regards to privacy. scroogle is un unethical company focused only on advertising.
    hoppmang
    • Get a dictonary

      And look up the meaning of the word stealing.

      Then try and reconcile that with users willfully giving data by use of Google's services.
      If you can't be bothered to read the T&Cs, your problem, and if you don't like Google, just don't use their services. It's not hard (for most people).
      Boothy_p
  • Posts using derisive names...

    ...should be flagged and deleted as a matter of course. Such names contribute nothing at all to the discussion and are just plain rude.

    Calling Google (or MS, or Apple, or a political party, or any other person or organization) by its proper or at least widely recognized name does not imply approval of either the organization or its behavior. Really.
    John L. Ries
  • Shut down Google and Facebook if they breach privacy rules.

    BNP Paribas (French bank) is going to get fined 10 billion by US Justice.

    On that note Google MUST be fined 50 BILLION for its evil tactics in Europe and Facebook 25 billion.
    Owl:Net
    • Please elaborate

      Offending Steve Ballmer really isn't a good enough reason.
      John L. Ries
  • Not defending Google or Facebook ...

    ... but somebody needs to explain to me how either of this companies can in anyway control content that is originally posted outside of their servers.
    wackoae
  • Why should

    these companies be exempt from the privacy rules that every other company doing business in the region is subject to?

    They are not being singled out, they have singled themselves out by trying to ignore the laws in place to protect consumers and then they cry foul when the authorities grab them by the collar and give them a good talking to.
    wright_is