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German MEP Calls for Tighter Rules on Social Networks

PRIVACY LAW—EU

October 1, 2012

A member of the European Parliament has called for tighter controls of online social networks under the EU’s proposed data protection framework, Reuters reports. Germany’s Jan Philipp Albrecht, who is heading up the European Parliament’s work on the draft framework, says a recent incident involving Facebook users’ allegations that their personal messages appeared on their public profiles indicates the need for increased user control over data. “The informed and explicit agreement of all those affected by data processing must be a guiding principle,” said Albrecht. The CNIL met with Facebook last week about the incident and accepted Facebook’s explanation that the incident was a misunderstanding and not a breach.
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