Facebook Sued in EU Privacy CaseAdded: Saturday, October 29th, 2011
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The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is currently taking a closer look at the most popular social network in the world – Facebook, trying to find out whether its actions violate the European legislation or not.
Few people know that the Facebook’s European headquarters is based in Ireland. It might seem an insignificant fact for many, but the matter is that due to this the company must respect European data legislation. However, more people are aware of the fact that recently the social network has installed a function which simply archives the users’ messages instead of deleting them. In other words, there is a good chance that the international company has been misleading users into allowing them hold onto information they believed had been gone forever.
The UK media reported that one of the Austrian law students had already successfully secured an audit of the network’s Ireland offices. He requested a copy of all the data that was held on the servers, and Facebook eventually handed it over! That’s how a CD turned up, staffed with the highly personal data, which included every Facebook’s chat. Despite the fact that most part of the material in question was believed to have been deleted, the company still had access to it.
So, if the Facebook’s house is not in order, the company will have to face penalties, including a fine of over $4,000. Moreover, if the courts deem it suitable, Facebook might even be sued for around $140,000. However, the social networking service that large is able to afford all those fines. In fact, the real stickler for the company’s European operation is proposed changes to how Facebook retains data. This is, of course, the reason why Facebook is so profitable.
The reality is that Facebook is so popular that its members are ready to agree to the company keeping track on them in any way they want. At first, it seemed that the privacy angle helped G+, but Facebook remained on top. Similarly, transparency failed to stop users from allowing both Apple and Google track them on their mobile devices. It seems that people today value social networks more than their own security and privacy. Considering the sort of information they sometimes share in the networks, it is not surprising at all. Still, there are a lot of people out there concerned about their safety.
October 29th,2011Posted by:
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
|posted by (2011-10-29 19:46:39)|
|This is bad that fb violate user privacy terms.. anyways..thanks SaM for shrng.. k33p it up!|
|what does anyone expect from facebook? using facebook is the same as giving your persinal data to anyone and everyone, so why does it surprise anyone that these things keep happening with facebook?|
at least people have more rights in europe than in the US but its not possible to sue in some countries... even if you get hurt in someones home you can't sue, your own insurance has to pay your medical, the only time your insurance doesn't pay is for an "accident" then your company accident insurance pays your bills. nut i like i said, getting hurt in someones home isn't classified as an accident and they usually try to classify as much as possible not an accident and you can't do anything about it, and your health insurance pays.
you can't even get extra compensation...
but it seems in ireland and the UK are different than europe and yuo can sue... then again, ireland and UK are not considered europe since they are not on the mainland and the only thing that makes them any part of europe is being in the EU and still they don't abide by most of the laws EU members states have to.
|posted by (2011-10-31 19:28:08)|
|What a load of rubbish fusseltier!|
Southern Ireland (Eire) is a full member of the EU and follows ALL the laws laid down, Nothern Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales are also full members .. but .. have a veto right on certain EU laws eg. Single currency & taxation, we still have to abide by the majority of EU laws. The reason we don't have to pay accident insurance or medical insurance is because we have a national health services which gives free treatment to any UK citizen, we pay for (some of) it through a tax on our earned income. Any individual can sue if they suffer an accident at work or in someone elses home IF they can show that the other party has been negligant in some way.
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