The French government is known for some of its more people-centric privacy laws, which is part of the reason so many celebrities choose to make their home in-country. Now, the government is cracking down on some seemingly innocuous terms of service in Facebook’s system, claiming that the current terms violate their privacy laws.
France has said that’s against their laws.
While issuing the desist order that Facebook must comply with within three months (at the risk of facing heavy fines), the government also took some further steps to safeguard its citizens privacy. Facebook must now require an eight character password instead of six, as it currently requires around the world. In a much bigger step, Facebook must also stop sharing information on French users’ web activity–site members or not–with the US government. Under a previous agreement called the Safe Harbour Agreement, Facebook could voluntarily or be compelled to turn over information on its users to US officials. That agreement has been rescinded and a new agreement put in place, but the new agreement has yet to go into effect. The French government isn’t taking any chances, though; agreement or not, the social media site has been warned to stop sharing information.