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Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Plan to Extend GDPR to All Facebook Users

The State of Security

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t plan on extending the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to all Facebook users.

On 3 April, Facebook’s chief executive told Reuters in a phone interview that the social networking platform was working on applying a version of the Regulation to users worldwide. When asked what parts of the framework would be omitted for non-European users, he declined to provide any specifics.

“We’re still nailing down details on this, but it should directionally be, in spirit, the whole thing,” he said.

His comments no doubt disappoint many privacy advocates who are hoping Facebook along with other tech giants will implement the European Union’s privacy directive worldwide. Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, is among them. As he made clear to Reuters:


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