The general data protection regulations that were implemented in the European Union last year are designed to give EU users more control over the data they retain. But it also brings trouble to technology companies that collect and share user data, especially those well-known large multinational technology companies. Now EU regulators have begun tracking these large technology companies, such as the Irish Data Protection Council, which believes Facebook has serious violations.
Facebook’s analytics data leak scandal, which began in early last year, has caused large-scale data breaches on Facebook and the year after the year. For example, more than 50 million Facebook user data has been stolen by external attackers, and 7 million user photos have been obtained by third parties without authorization. Instagram and WhatsApp also have data security issues, and it is clear that Facebook is now the number one target for EU regulators.
Microsoft acquired the world-renowned platform for social networking in the workplace in the early years, and it was LinkedIn that made Microsoft fall into the trap of illegal use and sharing of user data. In the process of commercialization, LinkedIn actively collects and analyzes user data and then pushes targeted advertisements, but LinkedIn has never explicitly told users about this behavior. This behavior is also illegal under the General Data Protection Regulations, so Microsoft is now the target of investigations by EU regulators.
Social networking giant Twitter had a particularly serious data breach last year when internal engineers had direct access to user data. Fortunately, after the investigation, Twitter believed that no internal engineers had visited the user data, and also issued a security bulletin in a timely manner to remind the user to change the password. And this security issue also occurred before the EU implemented new regulations, so the focus now is on how much data access Twitter provides to users.
Apple’s problems are similar to Twitter’s. No one knows how many details Apple has in control. The regulator asked Apple to maintain transparency.