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European Authorities Join Facebook Privacy Dogpile

May 17, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Pearson)

"European privacy advocates have added their voices to complaints about Facebook's privacy changes, and they say certain ways Facebook treats data may even be illegal under European laws. Facebook's approach to its recent privacy controversy mirrors previous instances that have upset users, according to analyst Greg Sterling -- it only relents once pressure becomes unbearable.

"At least one U.S. Senator wants the FTC to investigate. Notable leaders in the tech sector have begun talking about dropping out. Millions belong to groups complaining about it. Now, European privacy advocates are on Facebook's case, arguing the company's latest round of privacy adjustments are not only wrong-headed, but may run afoul of European privacy laws.

"The company seems to be making efforts to mitigate the bad publicity that the fracas has generated. For instance, Facebook's vice president for public policy, Elliot Schrage, took to The New York Times Wednesday to argue the company isn't the privacy-hating monster some have made it out to be, and to hint that changes are coming."

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