European Data Protection Digest

Aigner Will Change Status, Council Files Complaint

SOCIAL NETWORKING

June 4, 2010

Consumer protection officials in Europe are expressing frustration with the world's largest social networking site. A meeting with company executives on Thursday failed to convince Germany's consumer minister that Facebook is doing enough to comply with that nation's laws, AFP reports. Ilse Aigner said that despite the fact many data privacy settings "really have been improved," they are "no way near sufficient to protect the users' privacy or to comply with German law." The Consumer Council of Norway, meanwhile, has filed a complaint with the Norwegian Data Inspectorate about Facebook and game provider Zynga, OUT-LAW.COM reports. The council's deputy director said, "We believe that much of the collection and use of personal information is in breach of the Data Protection Act."
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