June 25, 2022

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Meta plans to stop offering Facebook and Instagram in Europe

Meta Platforms, Facebook’s parent company, plans to leave Europe if the group is not allowed to exchange European user data with the United States. The social media company repeats this message in a document submitted to the United States Security Commission (SEC). This is not the first time the company behind Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram has heard this complaint. In 2020, Irish privacy officials told Facebook that they could not use standard contract terms in compliance with privacy rules when sending data to the United States.

Irish authorities have banned Facebook after a European court overturned a data sharing regulation known as the “Privacy Shield”. According to the court, personal data is less protected in the United States than in Europe. Facebook immediately warned that halting Atlantic overseas data transfers could have a devastating impact on the company. To deliver targeted online advertising, the company relies on the processing of user data.