Facebook will let all its users in the UK accept the California user agreement, weaning them from their current relationship with Facebook’s Irish department and the impact of European privacy laws. The change will take effect next year, after Google announced a similar move here in February. Brexit would change its legal relationship with Ireland, which is still in the EU, for these and other Dublin based companies. < / P > < p > “like other companies, Facebook will have to make changes in response to brexit, shifting the legal responsibilities and obligations of UK users from Facebook Ireland to Facebook.” “There will be no change in the privacy controls and services Facebook provides to the British people,” the company’s UK Department said < / P > < p > Facebook users in the UK will still be subject to the UK privacy law, which is currently based on the EU’s general data protection regulation (gdpr). According to people familiar with the company, Facebook has changed in part because the EU’s privacy system is one of the strictest in the world. EU rules give users fine control over their data. < / P > < p > in addition, the U.S. clarification of the legitimate use of foreign data act (cloudact) passed in 2018 sets a way for the UK and the us to more easily exchange cloud computing users’ data. Privacy advocates worry that the UK may shift to a more relaxed data privacy regime, especially when it seeks to reach a trade agreement with the US, which offers far less protection. Some also worry that Facebook users in the UK may be more vulnerable to monitoring by US intelligence agencies or data requests from law enforcement agencies. < / P > < p > “the larger the company and the more personal data it holds, the more likely it is to be subject to monitoring duties or to require data to be handed over to the U.S. government,” said Jim kilock, executive director of open rights group, a British nonprofit. The United States Court held that the constitutional protection against unreasonable search does not apply to overseas non citizens. < / P > < p > the UK’s information industry regulator said that as brexit approached, they had made contact with Facebook and the companies that retained their European headquarters. “We are aware of Facebook’s plans and will continue to engage with the company in the new year,” a spokesman for the office of the information commissioner said. A spokesman for twitter said its UK users would continue to be handled by the company’s Dublin office. A Facebook spokesman said the company would inform users of the change in the next six months, giving users the option to stop using the world’s largest social network and its instagram and WhatsApp services. < / P > < p > Facebook’s decision comes at a time when the UK is upgrading its efforts to ban strong encryption, which Facebook is starting to implement on all its products. The UK, like the European Union, is pressuring Facebook in other ways, including hate speech and policy. < / P > < p > the United States is also likely to introduce new laws on privacy and social media content, with federal and state prosecutors recently filing antitrust lawsuits against both Facebook and Google. However, technology lobbyists expect that the US technology regulations will still be more conducive to industry development than those in the UK. Skip to content