Is this the end for Facebook in Europe?

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is watching with great interest the negotiations between the EU and the US on the exchange of user data. After Apple had previously decided not to share privacy-sensitive information with third parties, the functioning of Instagram and Facebook within Europe is now also under threat.

In short, if Europe and the US do not reach a consensus on a new data agreement, it seems that Facebook and Instagram can no longer be offered in Europe.

Previous data consensus declared invalid.

The agreement aims to ensure that US companies are allowed to process data of EU citizens in a way that complies with European privacy legislation. However, a new agreement was reached in 2016, but it was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice in 2020. The main reasons were that it did not comply with European privacy legislation or GDPR for short. The current consultations are very difficult as Europe strongly wants to avoid a new agreement being declared invalid again at the European Court of Justice.

This can't just mean the end of Instagram and Facebook

In Europe, we use numerous American-made applications. That is why the US, in particular, is in a great hurry to make this new agreement concrete. However, Europe is demanding that the US open its courts to data disputes with European citizens. Unfortunately, the Biden administration does not like this demand and is now trying to bend existing legislation into a constitutional framework for both continents.