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Site Will Give Exemption To Schleswig-Holstein

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

October 21, 2011

In a private meeting between Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert and Facebook European Head of Privacy Policy Richard Allen, Allen offered to bar the transfer of data collected from Schleswig-Holstein IP addresses to the U.S., reports The Local. Allen also offered a full account of how the company collects and uses data, the report states. Weichert, who in September threatened websites with fines of up to €50,000 if "like" buttons were not removed, says--if implemented--this agreement would be "a great success." Meanwhile, Hamburg's data protection authority is calling on Facebook to obtain explicit consent from users prior to employing its facial recognition automatic tagging feature, saying, "The time for negotiation is now over."
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