Europe Trouble For Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype And Yahoo
Posted: June 28, 2013 by Maja Johnson
The PRISM scandal took the world by storm and now Europe is looking for some serious answers. Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo have been targeted by the "Europe Vs. Facebook" (EVsF) group for issuing private data from EU citizens to a foreign intelligence agency. The campaign group, which has challenged Facebook over their facial recognition software in Ireland, has filed a formal complaint against the five US companies for breaching EU privacy protection laws, and collaborating with the NSA.
Here's the tricky part. All 5 companies have their European subsidiaries on EU soil. If EU privacy laws apply to all companies residing in Europe, sending user information regarding EU users is definitely illegal However, the 5 companies must also comply with the US laws. This puts the 5 companies in an awkward position where they must choose one side or the other.
Regardless of what's happened, the people now want answers. How was this allowed? Who's ultimately responsible? We'll probably be left unsatisfied with the response but someone needs to answer. For now it's up to the 5 companies to explain their actions, and win back the support of the Internet community.