Facebook under Pressure over Privacy

Earlier today, Financial Times reported, “Facebook faces regulatory scrutiny in Ireland, site of its European headquarters, over its handling of personal information.”

According to Financial Times, the Irish data protection commissioner is all set to carry out a privacy review of Facebook’s activities outside United States and Canada under the light of complaints from European and U.S. privacy campaigning groups to the Irish commissioner and U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Both European and U.S. privacy campaigning groups showed their elevated concerns over Facebook’s ‘frictionless sharing’ policy of reading, listening and watching activities. Furthermore, these groups are also concerned about the using of users’ cookies to track their browsing by Facebook.

The Irish deputy data protection commissioner, Gary Davis while talking to Financial Times says that he has directed his team to conduct a detailed review of the group’s activities outside United States and Canada in coming month.

He explained:

“This audit will examine the subject matter of the complaint but also will be more extensive and will seek to examine Facebook’s compliance more generally with Irish data protection law.”

Facebook’s European headquarters are located in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. All the operations of Facebook outside US and Canada, hence subject to subordinate to Irish and European data protection enactment.

Facebook opts not to comment on this at the moment. However, they must be preparing themselves to justify their viewpoint on these complaints before European data protection office.


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