The existence of Facebook and Instagram in Europe is threatened by the Privacy Act (UU) that will be implemented by the European Union government. The enactment of the Privacy Act in the European Union has even made Meta as the parent company of Facebook and Instagram issued a threat. Reporting from 9to5mac, Meta threatened that the company would install Facebook and Instagram services because of the Security Act.
A Bloomberg report says that the European Union Court in 2020 raised concerns about insecure European citizen data on the Meta platform. These concerns arise because of the transfer of data from Europe to the United States by thousands of companies. Currently, the European Union and the United States are in negotiations to bring about a new pact and address the lack of agreement between the two sides.
If the agreement is not reached, Meta will withdraw Facebook and Instagram services from the European Union. Meta says it’s unlikely the company will be able to offer a number of products and services to users in Europe, including Instagram and Facebook. In a statement, Meta said that the company had no desire or plan to withdraw from Europe. However, reality shows that Meta relies on data transfers between the European Union and the United States to operate the service globally.
Without a data transfer agreement between the European Union and the United States, Meta had to withdraw Facebook and Instagram services from the European Union. Meta threats against regulators in the European Union were taken “lightly” by German and French politicians.
Reporting from 9to5mac, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck told journalists that he had been without Facebook and Twitter for 4 years because his account was hacked. Robert reveals that his life has changed for the more “fantastic” since then. Meanwhile, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that Europeans would live better without Facebook. Le Maire added that big technology companies must understand that Europe will fight and assert its sovereignty over their digital rights.