Facebook often finds itself in trouble overseas for its data and privacy practices, especially in European countries with much stricter rules than the social media giant faces here in the US. However, those European privacy rules are undoubtedly a great thing for users, because Facebook has been forced repeatedly to change the way it collects data. This week, the company announced another huge change to its business model by allowing European users to unlink their Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger accounts so their data isn’t shared between platforms.
This move comes as the European Union is set to enforce a new privacy law called the Digital Markets Act, which big tech companies like Facebook must comply with by March 7.
“Over the next few weeks, people will receive notifications that will inform them about their ability to choose whether they would like to share information between our services,” the company wrote in a blog post announcing the change. “Beyond these new choices, everyone using Facebook and Instagram services will continue to benefit from the extensive range of existing tools that we have built to give people choice over the information they share and how we process their data.”
While this is only applicable for European users, these privacy laws can be influential on Facebook’s policies in the US, too. Hopefully more privacy settings around the world can inspire stronger protections for users here.
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