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Sat Mar 18, 2017, 08:10 AM

Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs

The European Commission is threatening to fine Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks unless they overhaul their terms and conditions to pull out legal escape clauses.

An official from the EC's consumer protection authorities confirmed it intends to "take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules."

Today's crackdown follows a letter sent to tech giants at the end of last year pointing out that the rules users sign up to when they use their services are not consistent with European law and need to be changed.

Those letters resulted in a flurry of activity by the US-based companies, introducing new policies and processes in an effort to head off a formal investigation. But, as the German government made clear earlier this week when it announced plans to fine them up to €50m for not taking down illegal content within 24 hours, those efforts were not sufficient.

Germany – which remains the most powerful member of the European Union – promised it would also push its efforts to make Facebook, Twitter and friends more accountable in Europe. The decision to push for changes to their terms and conditions appears to be the first stage of that.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/17/europe_facebook_google_twitter_fine/

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Reply Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs (Original post)
Troll2 Saturday OP
His Daughter Saturday #1
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Troll2 Saturday #5
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liberalguy Saturday #6
Jardinier Saturday #7

Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 12:07 PM

1. If those companies have no loci in the EU, can they be sued there with any effect?

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 01:56 PM

3. Google has data center in Ireland, Netherlands, Finland and Belgium

You don't imagine that YouTube videos get served to Europeans via North Atlantic fiber optic cables?

Facebook has a data center in Sweden.

They would also have relationships with content delivery networks and ISPs.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 02:01 PM

4. Mine was a mostly generic question

IIRC a relationship does not loci make. I can sell to someone without a business presence. I can have things on a US website that are not allowed in Germany, even if there are German visitors. That kind of thing.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 02:15 PM

5. The EU could forbid Google and firewall it; See China.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 12:43 PM

2. Twitter, Facebook, Google etc

Should stop forcing people in those countries to use their sites.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 05:00 PM

6. People are responding as if the EU is looking to protect the users.

They are not, they are acting to intervene on behalf of media companies and other IP holders. Somebody must have shared a video of Mickey Mouse.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 18, 2017, 06:01 PM

7. So if I put something on my own FB page that is illegal in Germany

FB would have to take it down or be fined? So, Europeans are trying to force their anti-free speech laws on Americans here in America?

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