European Data Protection Digest

Facebook, Google Meet with Lawmakers

PRIVACY LAW—GERMANY

October 28, 2011

Representatives from Facebook and Google met with data protection officials and a German parliamentary subcommittee to discuss the companies' privacy policies and whether they comply with German and European data protection laws, Deutsche Welle reports. A Facebook spokesperson said, "We are pleased that the new media subcommittee of the German (parliament) is interested in the issue and felt that their meeting today was helpful." At the meeting, Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection Commissioner Thilo Weichert said, starting in November, his office would "apply appropriate actions" to companies that have not complied with a ruling to disable the Facebook "like" button on their Web pages.
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