European countries have long had stricter privacy laws than the U.S. As a result, Facebook has always faced an uphill battle to get its products launched there. The latest offering from the social media giant to fall victim to these tough rules is Facebook Dating, the company’s attempt to compete with dating apps like Tinder and Hinge. European regulators have recently raised questions about the app’s data privacy, delaying its rollout indefinitely.
According to Ireland’s privacy regulators, Facebook failed to give the EU enough advanced warning about what it was doing with the app. Officials also said the company hadn’t demonstrated that it had assessed all of the potential privacy risks that Facebook Dating poses. Despite rushing the process and not providing any the proper documentation up front, Facebook said that it’s committed to making sure the launch goes according to plan and that users’ privacy is respected.
“It’s really important that we get the launch of Facebook Dating right so we are taking a bit more time to make sure the product is ready for the European market,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We have worked carefully to create strong privacy safeguards, and have shared this information with the IDPC ahead of the European roll out.”
Facebook is used to getting away with this kind of rush job in the U.S., but thankfully other countries around the world refuse to let the company slide on issues of data privacy.
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