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The Legal Problem

According to recent regulations, all enterprises and social media sites must comply with the GDPR in order to secure the personal information of their customers.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a data privacy regulation that helps give EU citizens control over how and when their personal data is collected and shared. With the GDPR, personal data includes a user’s name, address, phone number, MAC or IP address, banking and financial information, photos, medical information, data associated with social media posts, advertising and chat tools, and cookies used for analytics.

While GDPR covers the consent aspect of data control, it does not solve the data ownership problem faced by users who upload posts to social media. From a legal standpoint, social media platforms are not obligated to share the returns of posts with the rightful owners, leaving true content creators unprotected. For instance, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram & Whatsapp, is looking to shut down their services to European users due to the location of their servers that host the GDPR covered data.

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