Data protection – only keep what you can justify or get fined

Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 26 January 2012 02:28

Facebook Data Hoarding Exposed

Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin faced a 100,000 Euro fine following an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner announced last month for keeping users’ deleted data in breach of Irish data protection laws.

The audit was triggered by an Austrian law student named Max Schrems, who requested a copy of all his personal data from Facebook while writing a paper on privacy laws. What he received was a CD containing 1,200 pages of information on everything from his ignored friend requests to deleted messages. After seeing the extent of information held about him, Schrems and 21 other students filed complaints against Facebook with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, alleging the company is creating “shadow profiles” of its members, and even non-Facebook users, without their consent or knowledge.

According to the complaints, Facebook is illegally holding on to information about members and non-members, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Facebook’s international headquarters in Dublin supports all Facebook users in the UK and Europe, as well as in the Middle East and Africa.

Know your responsibilities by reading about the Data Protection Act, 1998 (Public General Acts – Elizabeth II)

From an article in ZEN Internet newsletter.

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