EU law makers to discuss whether Facebook qualifies as critical infrastructure
European legislators are about to reopen a debate on whether Facebook and Twitter should be subject to the same rules as power grids and payment services for protecting critical IT infrastructure and the data it carries.
The proposed rules require providers of essential energy, transport, banking and healthcare services to protect their communications networks from hacking and intrusion, and to disclose security breaches. “Key Internet enablers” such as e-commerce platforms and search engines might also have to comply with the rules.
Which companies the new law will cover, though, is a focus of upcoming negotiations between the three European Union law-making bodies.