European Data Protection Digest

Irish DPC Opens Investigation; Data Use Concerns Persist

SOCIAL NETWORKING

September 30, 2011

Following an advocacy group's logging of more than 20 complaints, Ireland's Data Protection Commission "will examine all of Facebook's activities outside the U.S. and Canada" with a goal of publishing its findings by the end of the year, siliconrepublic reports. Meanwhile, the Financial Times highlights privacy advocates' concerns that the social network is not adequately informing users of the potential for information "it will collect from new entertainment and media applications" to be used in advertising. One advocate said, "If the ad were to publish facts about you without your knowledge...it would cross into extremely creepy territory," while Facebook stressed its features "only work if people explicitly opt in to them."
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