It’s just that you, Dear Facebook user, prefer not to let people who always want to sell you overpriced products from the Mac universe chase you about this “scandal”.
So or Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor and currently the CEO of a likeable small start-up that has been running a social interaction tool for its users for years – a product that has become as popular as it was in the 1950s. Years the Marlboro cigarette, only it is in contrast to this (and to Apple products) for free. And this will remain, promised!
In addition, Zuckerberg sees himself, of course, also in the responsibility: On the data of the users would like to take better care in the future, not that anyone else comes to harm. Even if Facebook does not blame itself. In the future everything will be different and some things better or the other way round. And you take the data protection regulation as a model. Even where it does not apply! Somehow.
After reading this one just messed up with data protection without realizing it. All a big mistake. However, this viewpoint studiously overlooks the fact that Facebook has been arguing for years about various aspects of its platform with German and European authorities and individuals. And it’s not just about a few privacy settings. Fiercely and persistently, Facebook fights against having to accept European or even German law against itself. Only in one place you have to give “Zuck” but still right: The sentence “Facebook is and remains free of charge” is at least permissible (LG Berlin, loc. Cit.).
In summary: Facebook does not shy so not only not around German data protection law. In general, it does not care much about what’s outside of Silicon Valley. If the management of Facebook now confidently professes to position as a consequence of the data scandal in the future a few more privacy regulators even more visible, then this is about equal to the attempt to defuse the Marlboro with the introduction of a cigarette filter.
This is the one dimension of the scandal that makes it neither a “Cambridge Analytica” – nor a “data” – but much more the “Facebook” scandal. Another dimension of the Facebook scandal is the fact that almost no state actor is willing to take any consequences from the behavior of the platform, even the most obvious ones. Would you ever have heard that the EU Commission (www.facebook.com/ eu.kommission), the Federal Government (www.facebook.com/Bundesregierung) or at least the police (www.facebook.com/polizei hamburg) had considered, from the own findings even the simplest conclusions to draw and at least symbolically their – by the way: completely irrelevant for the task fulfillment – to delete Facebook appearances? The same authorities, who at the moment are in it, demonstrating “hardness” towards Facebook, entice undaunted users onto the platform and declare them virtually indispensable.
One can guess: the third dimension of the Facebook scandal exists The fact that there are no consequences for the company right now, and certainly not in the future. When the excitement has passed, it will show: Just noise for nothing. We switch back to the cat pictures.
Law firm Stephan Dirks
Stephan Dirks is a lawyer and specialist lawyer for copyright and media law in the law firm Dirks based in Hamburg and Kiel. He also represents clients in the areas of trademark law, data protection law, competition law and the related fields of law. He also works as a writer and lecturer for newspapers and magazines in these areas.