Regulators Probe "Tagging," Consent
SOCIAL NETWORKING—EUMarch 24, 2010
European regulators are looking into whether the practice of posting photos and other information online without the consent of those featured is a breach of privacy laws, reports the Associated Press. Swiss Data Protection Commissioner Hanspeter Thuer has launched a preliminary probe and Thilo Weichert of the data protection commission in the German state of Schleswig Holstein said that his office has "written to Facebook and told them they're not abiding by the law in Europe." A Columbia University law professor says "If the European regulators get serious, it will create a significant conflict." Facebook's European policy director said the company has added a tool to facilitate nonuser data removal.