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Company Answers Data Collection Questions

SOCIAL NETWORKING—NORWAY

September 21, 2011

Facebook has released a letter to the Norwegian data protection authority answering questions about its data collection and sharing practices, BusinessWeek reports. The company said that it does not use third parties when it takes information from users' pages for targeted advertising and that wall posts, photographs and personal data are only shared with third parties if a user consents, the report states. Saying the company's letter provided "useful feedback," Norway Data Protection Commissioner Bjorn Erik Thon added, "In the continuous dialogue with Facebook, we will aim to argue the company should give their users the opportunity to 'opt in' to new features when they are released rather than being signed on automatically and then having to 'opt out' later."   
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