After Meta had to pay a record fine for violating European's right to privacy, the Silicon Valley tech giant now announced that starting in November users over 18 will be able to subscribe for a fee to use our products without ads. Depending on where you purchase it will cost €9.99/month on the web or €12.99/month on iOS and Android.
Facebook and Instagram now want to offer a paid version - without tracking or personalized ads. But is it even possible that Meta requires users to pay for their right to privacy?
The right to privacy is a fundamental Human Right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12), the European Convention of Human Rights (Article 8) and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights (Article 7).
Max Schrems, the famous lawyer who sued Meta multiple times for privacy violations under the GDPR, commented on the plans ahead of the announcement:
"Fundamental rights cannot be for sale. Are we going to pay for the right to vote or the right to free speech next? This would mean that only the rich can enjoy these rights, at a time when many people are struggling to make ends meet. Introducing this idea in the area of your right to data protection is a major shift. We would fight this up and down the courts."