Facebook faces criticism on user privacy: Report
Social networking site, Facebook, has faced sharp criticism from the European data protection officials for putting users privacy at risk due to the changes it brought to its service, a media report said.
London: Social networking site, Facebook,
has faced sharp criticism from the European data protection
officials for putting users privacy at risk due to the changes
it brought to its service, a media report said.
The Financial Times stated in a report that,"Officials
advising European Commission said in a letter to the social
networking company that changes to its default settings in
December were `unacceptable`."
It is the strongest rebuke yet for the US company from
European data protection officials and indicates an increasing
willingness to crack down on privacy violations, the report
Officials have said that Facebook needed default settings
that ensured only selected contacts could see user profiles
and users should be able to choose explicitly whether their
information could be accessed by search engines.
In December, Facebook had made changes wherein, users
profiles were made accessible to others by default and certain
aspects such as lists of friends were impossible to keep
FT cited Facebook`s director of public policy in Europe,
Richard Allen, as saying that he was considering the company`s response to the letter.
Facebook has made a few adjustments to address privacy
concerns raised by European regulators in the past, but Allen
has said there could be some areas where the company would beunwilling to compromise.
The latest letter to Facebook is from Article 29 Working
Party, an influential group of data protection officials from
31 countries, which advises the European Commission on privacy matters.