European regulators question whether some practices on the sites violate privacy laws.
Geneva (WiredPRNews.com) – European regulators are reportedly investigating whether practices such as posting Facebook photos without the consent of people appearing in them is a violation of privacy laws. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the investigation stems from the debate on responsibility of social networking sites for content displayed by users.
As noted in the report, data protection commissioners in Germany and Switzerland have asked Facebook for an explanation of practices that allow information of individuals who aren’t registered site members to be uploaded. Swiss commissioner Hanspeter Thuer is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “The way it’s organized at the moment, they simply allow anyone who wants to use this service to say they have the consent of their friends or acquaintances.”
Richard Allan, director of policy for Facebook Europe, is further quoted in the report as stating, “As a global company what we’re trying to do is to make sure that our systems meet the requirements of all the jurisdictions in which we operate.”
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