EU’s Privacy Rules and US-Based Social Networks


The European continent is where most US-based social networking sites have the most members after the American continent. The socio-economic situation of the European continent and the political power it has worldwide are also important topics for social networking sites. Today, many European countries, especially England, meet with their citizens and listen to them through social networks led by Facebook. British Prime Minister David Cameron said that as soon as he took office, those who had ideas about the solution of the economic problems that Britain was able to post on Facebook’s private page. Understanding the power of social networks and want to take advantage of this power, European Union countries, when the subject comes to the privacy of user information, behaves brutally towards companies and wants them to follow the rules.

Commenting on the issue, EU commissioner Viviane Reding warned US companies operating in Europe, especially Google and Facebook, to comply with the current Security and Electronic Communications Law on privacy and information protection issues. Stating that EU citizens have the right to learn for what purpose and where the personal and confidential information requested from them are requested and used, Reding said that if EU citizens who are members of social networking sites leave the site to which they are members, their information should also be deleted and this is a right.

While a short time has passed since the news of the law prepared by the European Union with cookie files, which we mentioned earlier, a similar sensitivity increase from the EU shows that some sections within the EU borders are disturbed by the existence of US social network companies.

Facebook, which is the target of criticism of the users not to delete their information from the site after leaving the membership, said that they have participated in the EU’s relevant debates regarding the EU’s demands on security and that they comply with the European Union Security and Electronic Communication Law.