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German Minister Pens Open Letter to Facebook

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

April 5, 2010

In an open letter, German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to revise the company's privacy policy "without delay," reports the Washington Post. Referring to more planned changes to the site's privacy settings, Aigner wrote, "I was astonished to discover that, despite the concerns of users and severe criticism from consumer activists, Facebook would like to relax data protection regulations on the network even further." According to the report, Aigner stressed that the company should not allow users' personal data to be shared with third parties for commercial purposes without users' consent. "Private information must remain private," Aigner wrote. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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