European Data Protection Digest

Facebook Disputes Timeline Privacy Breach

SOCIAL NETWORKING—FINLAND

December 23, 2011

Facebook is disputing claims by its users in Finland that the social networking site's new Timeline feature has caused a privacy breach, PCMagazine reports. Users there have claimed that the feature was making private messages public, but the company says that users have likely just forgotten about posts they made public via their profile pages years ago. "Our engineers have investigated these claims. It appears that these were old wall postings which users mistook for private messages," said a Facebook spokesman in a statement.
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