Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data goes into effect, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users worldwide would be protected by it.Facebook members outside the United States and Canada, whether they know it or not, are currently governed by terms of service agreed with the company's international headquarters in Ireland.The previously unreported move, which Facebook confirmed to Reuters Tuesday, shows the world's largest online social network is keen to reduce its exposure to GDPR, which allows European regulators to fine companies for collecting or using personal data without users' consent.As of December, Facebook had 239 million users in the United States and Canada, 370 million in Europe and 1.52 billion users elsewhere in the world.Facebook said the latest change does not have tax implications.Other multinational companies are also planning changes.
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