Aigner Writes, Facebook Writes Back
SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANYApril 14, 2010
TIME reports on the open letter Germany's consumer protection minister sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week in which she expressed dismay over the company's plans to begin sharing users' personal details with certain third-party Web sites. "Private information must remain private," wrote Ilse Aigner. The letter added to concerns already voiced by German data protection officials. In response to Aigner's letter, the company stated that the proposed changes do "not relate to the wholesale sharing of user data for commercial purposes as the minister fears." Aigner also established a Facebook group for discussing data protection.