Forget Congress. Facebook’s real problem is in Europe. – The Washington Post

Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman for The Washington Post

Up until recently, the cost of being careless about our privacy as everyday folk has been minor or at least mostly invisible. I have been wondering lately if we might reach a sort of “peak sharing” when it comes to social media. Will future generations look back and think us all mad for the permission we willing gave to massive corporations and powerful governments?

Facebook faces a far more immediate threat from European regulators. Next month, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, potentially forcing Facebook to introduce major changes to its privacy practices, or face massive fines.

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