Meta has suggested that Facebook and Instagram face being shut down in Europe if new models for transatlantic data transfer are not adopted. EU regulators are scrutinising the agreements, including the ‘Privacy Shield’, that enable Meta to store data from European users on US servers. Meanwhile, the company has promoted Sir Nick Clegg to President of Global Affairs, responsible for the all of the company’s global policy.
Spacex has reported losing dozens of its Starlink satellites in a geomagnetic storm. The latest launch consisted of 49 satellites, deployed to 210 km above the earth’s surface on 3rd February. The storm struck the following day, hitting 40 of the satellites.