25th May 2018 has finally rolled around and it would appear that FB already have numerous complaints out against them regarding their consent policy.
Long-time Facebook privacy critic Max Schrems has argued that the social networking giant is forcing consent on its users. Or in other words, using a strong-arm tactic of 'take it or leave it'. Prior to today, FB had rolled out a workflow that offered the ‘choice’ of either deleting Facebook all together, or 'agree' to a long and wide-ranging list of scary sounding stuff.
GDPR allows for any data processing that is necessary for a service, but the use of user data beyond that (including for advertising purposes) must require free and informed consent from the user.
Here I was thinking that Facebook's core business was to 'bring the world closer together' and not to mine its userbase for advertising revenue.