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The Irish are angry at Facebook

by Hannah Sinclair | 22.12.2011
The Irish data protection commissioner has strongly recommended Facebook take a long hard look at the current privacy status of Facebook, with special attention made to how data is used on the site.

Facebook Ireland was given responsibility for all non-US and Canadian data back in September 2010 hence raising the significance of these findings. Facebook now has six months to consider and implement these new changes.

Facebook apparently welcomed the review, saying: “We are pleased that the report demonstrates how Facebook adheres to European data protection principles and complies with Irish law.

“Of course, the report highlights some areas where we can improve and reach best practice.”

The report suggested widespread changes, including:

  • a mechanism for users to make informed choices about how their information is used and shared on the site, including in relation to third party apps
  • increased transparency and controls over how personal data is used for advertising purposes
  • transparency and control for users via the provision of all personal data held to them on request and as part of their everyday interaction with the site

A second formal review will be carried out in July to check up on the progress.