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Facebook may release more user data

2012-02-07 22:31

Vienna - US social media group Facebook seems ready to publish categories of data it collects from users, an Austrian student group lobbying for stricter privacy rules said on Tuesday.

Facebook had agreed in December to overhaul privacy protection for more than half a billion users outside North America after a three-month investigation found that its privacy policies were overly complex and lacked transparency.

"This [dat]) access issue as well as having disclosed all the data categories they are holding about users is something where we found some progress," Max Schrems, spokesperson for the europe-v-facebook.org group, told reporters after meeting Facebook representatives in Vienna on Tuesday.

"The main issue is that they have limited resources, especially for the access requests. I have the feeling that they are kind of thinking if they can get by without making full access to the raw data."

The probe by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) at the US group's international headquarters in Dublin said users were at risk of unknowingly publicising personal details.

Schrems said it was "absurd" that a group of individual citizens was trying to hold a multinational company like Facebook to account on privacy rules, but said the European Union would probably take a more active role in the future.

His group had filed 22 complaints against Facebook that centre on allegations that Facebook gathers personal data that users had not authorised or thought they had deleted.

Comments
  • Zion - 2012-02-08 07:52

    From a security point of view facebook is still far behind. Practically anyone with a computer background can enter a 'secured' facebook site. I personally had this problem about 8 times and all the culprits were NEWS 24 commenters. In most cases the perpetrators were looking for information to embarrass myself probably due to the fact that they may not agree with my comments. This practice is childish and against the ethos of the game and NEWS 24 should address it in some way or another. I personally would never bow to that level.

      Felix - 2012-02-08 08:30

      Did you know if you type your facebook password on for any site your computer immediately puts it into stars! My password is ********** for example! :P

      juanontheweb - 2012-02-08 08:51

      Felix, are you phishing?

      Felix - 2012-02-08 10:54

      @juan reddit much?

  • Zion - 2012-02-08 07:56

    Addendum: Further to the above it will be seen that the information on my facebook has been altered to mumbo-jumbo and meaningless. I do, after all, live and work on the moon.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-02-08 08:24

    We call on Anonymous to sing us a song!!!!

      Bubba - 2012-02-08 08:58

      sing us a song...

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