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Facebook Privacy Investigation Triggered by 16 Complaints filed by Students in Austria

Sep 7 2011, 8:59am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

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Facebook Privacy Investigation Triggered by 16 Complaints filed by Students

Facebook Europe HQ in Ireland is audited by Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after complaints that claim that Facebook is not removing user deleted data.

A group of Austrian students is causing some hassle for Facebook in Europe. Facebook Europe is located in Ireland and the students filed 16 privacy related complaints with the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in Ireland. The privacy agency has decided to look very closely into the matter and is auditing the European office of Facebook for 4-5 days reports the Irish Independent.

The students from Austria are organized under an initiative called Europe Versus Facebook. The filed complaints include issues around Facebook not removing data completely from their database once users have deleted it. The students have requested the data that Facebook has stored about them. This is a right given to users under the European Data Protection Law. In this data snapshot they found several data items that should have been deleted by Facebook, but the company kept a record of it. You can read all complaints on the Europe Versus Facebook site

Europe is much more sensitive about privacy. This is not always meaningful, but what these students uncovered look to me like real issues that Facebook needs to fix.

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