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Privacy Deal Reached

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

January 24, 2011

German data protection officials and the world's largest social network have reached a deal in a dispute over a feature that allows the company to send e-mail invitations to potential users through current members' address books, the Associated Press reports. The Hamburg Data Protection Authority announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with Facebook to give its members more control over their e-mail address books, the report states, including allowing Facebook users to choose who should receive an invitation to join the site and adding an additional warning message before it can be sent. Facebook issued a statement that it looks forward to continuing "our constructive discussions and dialogue in the future."
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