FEB 10, 2022 | US | EUROPEAN UNION
Is Facebook Going to Have to Pull Out of Europe?
Bloomberg, February 10, 2022
By Naomi Nix
After Edward Snowden exposed just how much spying the US National Security Agency was doing overseas, the Obama administration and European leaders were forced to strike a new transatlantic data transfer pact—enshrining the digital privacy rights of European citizens. When a court struck that pact down in 2020 over concerns that Europeans’ data still wasn’t safe on US soil, it threatened not just Facebook but most businesses that transport digital information across borders.
Now, US and EU regulators have for months been trying to negotiate a new agreement for data flows across the Atlantic.
Meta believes a lot is riding on the deal. The company said in its annual report that if it can no longer rely on its standard contract clauses, or the European Union and the United States don’t come up with a new agreement, then it may have to pull Facebook and Instagram from Europe.
But whether Europeans can post to Instagram isn’t the only issue at stake. Aaron Cooper, vice president of global policy for BSA | The Software Alliance, said the ability to transfer data between nations is important to all sorts of companies for all sorts of reasons. “If you’re an airline, or a bank, or a health-care company, or a manufacturer or a retailer, you are transferring data back and forth between different countries,” he said. “Anything involving cloud computing, you’re probably transferring data back and forth.” Cooper’s group represents software businesses including Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Amazon Web Services—but not Meta.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.