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Minister Calls for Government Ban on Site

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

September 12, 2011

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has called on her cabinet colleagues to stop using Facebook, reports SPIEGEL. Aigner has cited ongoing German concerns about the site's data privacy practices in asking ministries to set a "good example and show that they give a high priority to the protection of personal data" by ceasing to use the site. Aigner's concerns follow orders by Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert that Facebook remove its "like" buttons or face fines. Facebook has since agreed to develop a code of conduct. One expert says the degree of public concern over companies' data collection practices is currently "understated." 
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