European Data Protection Digest

Commissioner To Investigate Suicide Alert Plan

SOCIAL NETWORKING—IRELAND

January 24, 2013

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) is looking into an agreement between Facebook and a charity group that aims to improve suicide prevention, The Irish Times reports. The agreement allows users who are concerned about specific Facebook profiles based on suicide-related posts to share the data with the charity group. The owner of the profile in question is sent an e-mail detailing concerns and contact information for the Samaritans. A representative from the DPC said, “We are continuing to engage with Facebook Ireland on this matter, including in relation to the legal basis, if any, that allows for such disclosures to be made to organisations such as the Samaritans in certain cases.” A Facebook representative said it will “take seriously…any guidance” from the DPC.
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