Revealed: Facebook’s global lobbying against data privacy laws

Found on The Guardian on Sunday, 03 March 2019
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Facebook has targeted politicians around the world – including the former UK chancellor, George Osborne – promising investments and incentives while seeking to pressure them into lobbying on Facebook’s behalf against data privacy legislation, an explosive new leak of internal Facebook documents has revealed.

The documents, which have been seen by the Observer and Computer Weekly, reveal a secretive global lobbying operation targeting hundreds of legislators and regulators in an attempt to procure influence across the world, including in the UK, US, Canada, India, Vietnam, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia and all 28 states of the EU.

If that does not underline the need to make privacy and data protection an important issue, then what else? Facebook knows very well that its entire business model is about to collapse when other nations realize the dangers of total surveillance and come up with similar laws.