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Germany: Facebook agrees to work with government on privacy code
12 Sep 2011
BY ALICE PURKISS

Facebook has agreed to work with the German government on a code of conduct aimed at privacy protection. The code, agreed at a meeting on Wednesday between German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich and Facebook’s director of policy in Europe, Richard Allen, will cover issues such as media literacy and data transmission in accordance with German law. The agreement follows discussions around Facebook’s adherence to German data protection laws. Last month, Thilo Weichert, a data protection commissioner in Northern Germany, claimed Facebook’s “Like” button violated German data protection laws.

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  1. […] Complaints have already provoked action in Europe. In the Republic of Ireland, where Facebook's European headquarters are located, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, in response to numerous complaints, has an announced an extensive audit of Facebook's compliance with European data protection legislation. Other European countries may conduct their own investigations. Whatever the likely traction of complaints to the FTC, European regulators have teeth and can act with resolution. A regional ban on Facebook's Like button in northern Germany certainly caught the social behemoth's attention. […]