European Data Protection Digest

Social Media Companies Answer Committee’s Questions

SOCIAL NETWORKING—EU

March 7, 2013

Answering an Oireachtas committee investigating cyberbullying, Twitter’s policy director for Europe said user anonymity is a “fundamental value,” The Irish Times reports. Asked whether the company could identify users for law enforcement purposes, Twitter’s Sineád McSweeney said users are not required to disclose to the site their full names at any time. However, the company cooperates with law enforcement in cases involving a criminal offence, McSweeney said, adding such action required balance with “our commitment to the privacy of our users.” Facebook’s director of policy for the UK and Ireland told the committee the site requires users to register with their true identities, a policy Facebook’s European safety director said encourages responsible behaviour online.
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