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Photo Tagging, Employee Tracking Raise Privacy Concerns

SOCIAL NETWORKING

March 25, 2010

In the wake of announcements that Swiss and German privacy authorities are examining whether the world's largest social networking site is infringing upon personal privacy by allowing its users to post content such as photos and e-mail addresses of other people, the Los Angeles Times reports that a Facebook spokeswoman said regulator reviews are a fairly standard practice. "We believe that Facebook's privacy features respect and are consistent with privacy laws, regulations and policies around the world, as well as, importantly, users' expectations and needs," she said. Meanwhile, a U.S. company has announced the creation of Social Sentry, a new program companies can use to automatically monitor their employees' public activities on social networking sites.
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