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Facebook is subject to and complies with EU data protection law. Our international headquarters in Dublin was established under EU law as the data controller for people using our service in Europe and is subject to local regulatory oversight. This means we are not only subject to EU data protection law, but we also routinely review product and policy updates with our regulator, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. We’re confident we are operating within the law and the EU Data Protection Directive, but even more so we believe we offer people best-in-class transparency and tools to control their experience and the advertising they see. We are proud that many of our tools are industry leading, such as our ad preferences tool and our Download Your Information tool, and we’re always working hard to improve these even more.

We’re not afraid of scrutiny. Since opening a headquarters in Ireland in 2010, our regulator has overseen the two most thorough audits of our privacy practices, reviewed hundreds of product and policy updates, and recommended changes that we embraced and implemented. Our regulator is the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, and we encourage other parties to reach out to the Irish DPC to clarify questions they might have. And even beyond this, we have been responsive to local regulators and stand ready to respond to additional questions that come through our regulator in Ireland, just as European data protection law requires.


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