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CNIL Voices Concerns Over "Places" Feature

SOCIAL NETWORKING—FRANCE

October 20, 2010

French data protection agency CNIL wants Facebook and consumers to carefully consider the privacy implications of the "Places" location feature. Telecompaper reports that CNIL has asked Facebook to improve the confidentiality and personal data settings of the service, which uses GPS on smartphones to allow users to place themselves at a certain location and allows them to tag others as being at a location. CNIL also voiced concerns about the use of data collected and the notice given to users who have been tagged through Places. CNIL said users need to be mindful of their settings and how they use it. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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