European Data Protection Digest

Facebook Privacy Changes Receive Mixed Responses


May 28, 2010

Privacy groups have given a "half-hearted" welcome to Facebook's announcement that it will be rolling out simplified privacy settings in the weeks ahead, The Guardian reports, with Privacy International suggesting they "merely correct some of the most unacceptable privacy settings on the site. Very little has changed in terms of the overall privacy challenge that Facebook and its users need to navigate." In Germany, officials are reviewing the site's terms and conditions to ensure compliance with that nation's strict data protection standards. Carola Elbrecht of Germany's national consumer protection agency said the group will file an injunction if it finds noncompliance. Meanwhile, Facebook released more details about the changes on its blog yesterday.
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