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DPC Publishes Facebook Audit Findings

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

December 21, 2011

Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) Billy Hawkes has published the findings of the biggest investigation in the history of his agency--the three-month audit of Facebook Ireland. The DPC made several recommendations for "best-practice" improvements, which the company must make within the next six months, reports siliconrepublic. The audit looked at the company's advertising practices, facial recognition use, real-name policy, social plug-ins, security and other elements. "This was a challenging engagement both for my office and for Facebook Ireland," Hawkes said. His report calls for more transparency and quicker data deletion. The DPC will conduct a formal review of the company's progress in July. Facebook's Richard Allen said, "It will be an intense period in the next six months." Editor's note: Hawkes will discuss the investigation during a keynote address at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive in London.
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