Legal Proceedings Launched Against Facebook
SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANYJuly 8, 2010
A German data protection official has filed legal action against Facebook, alleging the social networking service illegally accessed personal information about people who do not use the site, the Associated Press reports. Johannes Caspar of the Hamburg office of data protection said his office has received complaints from many people who were allegedly contacted by Facebook because users had listed their names and e-mail addresses among their personal contacts. "We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws," he said. Facebook has until August 11 to formally respond to the complaint. The company has confirmed it is reviewing the notice and will respond within that timeframe, the report states.