A Vision of the Future: Facebook Post-Safe Harbor

By Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecic
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 1:51 PM

Our buddy Jane Smith has a lot of European friends. As such, the collapse of the safe harbor agreement has hit her Facebook account hard.

She sent us this screenshot earlier today. Apparently, in Europe itself, the names and faces of her friends are perfectly visible, as are their birthdays. But under the Schrems decision, it is no longer okay for Facebook to transmit personally identifiable information to the United States, since "legislation permitting the public authorities to have access on a generalised basis to the content of electronic communications must be regarded as compromising the essence of the fundamental right to respect for private life."

The result is as you see. To be clear, this is absolutely real and not any kind of parody. This is what Facebook really looks like.

Just kidding.