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Site Faces Privacy Audit

SOCIAL NETWORKING—IRELAND

September 6, 2011

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has announced that it will conduct an audit of Facebook's privacy practices after an Austrian group submitted 17 complaints about the site's handling of personal information, Independent.ie reports. The complaints allege that the site's Dublin headquarters retains all of its users' data, including "likes," e-mails and phone numbers, the report states. A DPC spokesman said that it will "go into the premises and go through in great detail every aspect of security...It's a very significant, detailed and intense undertaking that will stretch over four or five days. Then we'll publish a detailed report and Facebook will respond." A spokesman for the social network said the company is cooperating with the DPC.     
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