More Facebook Privacy Issues

23 Jan

The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating Facebook after a user complained that they were unable to fully delete their profile after terminating their account.While users’ information remains on Facebook’s server even if accounts are deactivated. This data is no longer accessible but can be reactivated later on.

Facebook says that this is in “full compliance with U.K. data protection law” says it does not use the information from deactivated accounts.

“We take the concerns of the ICO and our user’s privacy very seriously and are committed to working with the ICO to maintain a trusted environment for all Facebook users and ensure compliance with UK law,” said a statement from the site.

Senior data protection practice manager at the ICO explains,”If the onus is entirely on the individual to delete their data, they might not find themselves motivated enough to delete information that’s about them on their wall or other people’s sites,”

“We’ll be working with the site to achieve better quality information for users to make it absolutely clear to people what exactly will happen to their information once it’s posted,” said Evans.”

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,141607-c,privacy/article.html

— Jeff Buechler

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