Aigner Meets with Tech Giants, Consumer Groups
ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANYSeptember 21, 2011
German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner met with Facebook's spokesperson for global policy on Tuesday, calling the meeting "open and constructive" and adding that the company's popularity means it plays an important role in data protection, and it needs to change its data-handling practices, reports Deutsche Welle. The meeting comes on the heels of Facebook's entry into a code of conduct agreement with Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert. While in the U.S., Aigner also met with Google and Microsoft representatives and consumer protection groups, and she has a meeting scheduled with the U.S. Trade Department about the Safe Harbor program. Aigner has voiced her desire for "strict bloc-wide rules on facial recognition, geodata and the profiling of individual Internet users," the report states.