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Hawkes Says Google, Facebook Safe from Audit

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

July 26, 2013

While Irish DPA Billy Hawkes announced last week he was beginning a formal audit of LinkedIn, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has said in e-mail correspondence with advocate group Europe-v-Facebook.org it will not be investigating Facebook and Google in relation to the NSA revelations, according to The Independent. "We do not consider that there are grounds for an investigation under the Irish Data Protection Acts given that 'Safe Harbor' requirements have been met," the ODPC wrote. However, that Safe Harbor agreement is now consistently under fire. Earlier this week, EU Justice Commissioner Reding said she would be reviewing the agreement, and now German privacy officials are calling on Chancellor Merkel to push for suspension of the Safe Harbor agreement.
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