Facebook is stalking you, even if you’re not signed up — and it really, really doesn’t want to stop.
The latest proof, notes Bloomberg View’s Leonid Bershidsky, came just days after CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress how hard the company struggles to stay transparent, and after Facebook announced its intent to give all users the protections ordered in Europe by the EU’s new General Data Protection Directive.
That proof is Facebook’s quiet word that it will shift its terms of service to move all non-European users into the jurisdiction of its US headquarters, rather than its international HQ in Dublin.
The change means the EU rules, which kick in May 25, won’t protect users on five continents as they otherwise would’ve.
Lawyers may have demanded the move, since violations of the GDPD could cost Facebook more than $1 billion in fines. But Zuck admitted to Congress that he’s already letting lawyers make too many calls: “Long privacy policies are confusing,” which is “one of the things we’ve struggled with over time” — without ending the confusion.
But that’s not the only way Facebook falls down: It’s nearly impossible to figure out how to turn off any of its data-collection features — and actually impossible to turn off some.