DPC Publishes Facebook Audit Findings
PRIVACY LAW—IRELANDDecember 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.