NEWS27 March 2015

EU citizens advised to close Facebook accounts if they don't want to be spied on

Europe Privacy

LUXEMBOURG — The European Commission has warned EU citizens to close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services.


According to a story on the Guardian news site, the comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a case brought by privacy campaigner Maximilian Schrems, investigating whether the data of EU citizens should be considered safe if sent to the US.

The commission could not confirm to the court that the Safe Harbour rules — a policy agreement established between the US department of commerce and the EU to regulate how US companies export and handle the personal data of EU citizens — provide adequate protection of EU citizens’ data as it currently stands.

“You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” Schima said to Yves Bot, the attorney general in a hearing of the case at the European court of justice in Luxembourg.