European Data Protection Digest

DPC: More Info Needed on Privacy Settings

SOCIAL NETWORKING—IRELAND

January 27, 2012

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes is calling for better awareness of privacy settings on social networks, the Irish Examiner reports. Commenting after a judge refused to stop newspapers from identifying an individual who was wrongly believed to be a man in an online video and noting a recent audit of Facebook in Ireland, Hawkes said one of his "recommendations is that there should be greater information for people when they use Facebook...They should get better information on how you can in fact protect yourself on Facebook in terms of the privacy settings; they are there to be used."
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