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EU data protection authorities get serious about Facebook's privacy policy

Loek Essers | Feb. 5, 2015
The European Union's data protection authorities are getting serious about issues with Facebook's new privacy policy. They have formed a task force which will deal with part of the policy that could very well violate EU privacy laws.

Although this clause has been in the privacy policy since 2013, the DPAs still think its worth investigating its legality.

The task force will now tell Facebook what it thinks is wrong with the privacy policy. If Facebook is not willing to make changes, the task force could pass its complaints to the EU's national privacy authorities for independent action against the company, Tommelein's spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, the national investigations are ongoing. Facebook has asked to talk with Tommelein this month and the Belgian DPA has asked Facebook for an explanation of the policy changes in a letter.

 

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