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Facebook is planning to exclude 1.5 billion of its worldwide users from new European laws protecting data privacy, it has emerged.
European Union (EU) regulations coming into force next month will crack down on how companies like Facebook use and sell the data they collect on users.
Users - US - Canada - Stricter - Law
Almost 1.9 billion non-EU international users, outside of the US and Canada, would be protected by the stricter law under current rules.
But a change in the site's terms of service - which comes as Facebook faces increasing scrutiny from lawmakers - seeks to ensure that the number will be much smaller.
News - Facebook - Battle - Scandal - User
The news comes as Facebook continues to battle a scandal in which user's profiles wrongly ended up in the hands of British firm Cambridge Analytica.
This has sparked wider concerns about how the world's most popular social network handles the information it stores about its more than two billion users.
Facebook - Members - Terms - Service - Company
Many of Facebook's global members, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Dublin.
Facebook is planning to make that the case that only Europeans fall under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25, according to Reuters.
Menlo - Park - California - Firm - Terms
The Menlo Park, California, firm released a revised terms of service in draft form two weeks ago, which is scheduled to take effect next month.
Members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America would be excluded from the GDPR's protections if the move goes ahead.
Strategy - Facebook - World - Online - Media
The previously unreported strategy, which has since been confirmed by Facebook , shows the world's largest online social media site is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR.
It allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users' consent.
Potential - Liability - Facebook - EU - Law
That removes a huge potential liability for Facebook, as the new EU law allows for fines of...
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