Germany has always been a country in which privacy matters are very important. Some say it’s the result of the countries history, others say it’s just how the Germans are. We’ve seen the Germans ‘fight’ Google over privacy matters the past few years, from Streetview issues up to the point where they almost banned Google Analytics, something which is recently been followed by Norway.
With Google things seem to have calmed down a little after the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information struck a deal with Google, but now another Internet giant seems to be the target: Facebook.
The German Federation of Consumer Organizations claims that the new Facebook app centre is giving away customer data without notifying users and is considering legal action if Facebook doesn’t fix it within next week.
More trouble in paradise
Facebook seems to be under fire lately. Off course there was the failed IPO which has led to much uncertainty within the company, but in privacy matters they are facing more difficulties in Europe.
Reuters says that the before mentioned Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information has said he would reopen his investigation into Facebook’s policies on tagging photos, retaining and deleting data and the level of control users have over their information. On top of that an Irish watchdog is looking into the possibility of legal action against Facebook under European privacy laws.
The Facebook lawyers may be looking at a busy last quarter of the year.Posted in News, Privacy | Tags: Facebook, Privacy