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Sweden demands Facebook info answers

Rebecca Martin · 12 Jul 2011, 12:48

Published: 12 Jul 2011 12:48 GMT+02:00

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“This is a joint venture to gain better knowledge of how the world’s largest social network handles personal information,” said legal expert Hans-Olof Lindblom from the Swedish Data Inspectorate (Datainspektionen) in a statement.

Last week the Norwegian Data Inspectorate sent social networking company Facebook a list of questions regarding the storage of user’s personal information.

The Norwegian Data inspectorate received a number of complaints from the public regarding Facebook's use of personal information and felt that it had an obligation to contribute to raising awareness about the privacy aspects of using social networking services such as Facebook.

An investigation, resulting in a case study on Facebook, was initiated and the findings were sent along with the questions to the social networking company.

Despite Facebook's policy to display comprehensive information on the website on how personal data is treated, the Norwegian Data Inspectorate found that it was still difficult for users to navigate the vast amount of information, and to fully understand the actual impact a Facebook membership has on their privacy.

Although it is the Norwegian agency that ultimately is in charge of the project, the questions have been compiled as a joint venture by agencies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Faeroe islands, Finland and the Åland Islands, off the Swedish coast.

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The agencies have asked Facebook to respond to their queries before the end of August.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:56 July 12, 2011 by Grindsprint
Probably a good idea. A lot of people have been raising questions about this.
14:21 July 12, 2011 by johnny1939
Best idea of all is not to be on these sites at all. I had a problem and resigned .
14:26 July 12, 2011 by Grindsprint
Yes. Johnny had a problem so everybody in the world needs to not be on facebook or any other social site.
14:44 July 12, 2011 by unseen
no doubt, Google+ is at the doors!
20:20 July 12, 2011 by pjsullivan3
Google is tracking your every move in your browser and search content. They read my emails, know what I search, know my calendar, know my documents, but I still love their products. Its ignorant to say that Google + is any better when it comes to access to private information. Everything is the illusion of privacy and I am fine with it. I put myself out there and enjoy the additional value I get from using their services.
22:20 July 12, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
When people learn simple things as GIGO then they will understand that their privacy is in THEIR own hands and stop blaming social networks.

People need to get educated about what to say about themselves and what kind of pictures not to display on facebook.

When people drink, smoke, do silly thinks and write about them on their Facebook page or post images of such on their profiles then they are subject to Garbage In Garbage Out principles.

You get what you put in..end of story..and thats just the bitter truth that people dont want to face..they want to make all these gaffs and expect facebook to clean up for them?? Come on people..exercise some common sense
11:17 July 13, 2011 by jacquelinee
Maybe the governments are just trying to figure out a way THEY can get THEIR hands on peoples private information. That sounds more logical to me.
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