Friday, November 11, 2011

Facebook's privacy policy subject to the supervision of U.S. authorities

Facebook is about to reach an agreement with U.S. authorities to be submitted by 20 years of monitoring. The Federal Trade Commission (CFC) monitor its privacy policy. The agreement comes after the authorities opened an investigation in 2009 on it. The FCC believes that the popular social network members were deceived by changing the rules of confidentiality, without your permission. Configuration changes in the management of personal data, introduces Facebook regularly, had provoked complaints from members of the network and civic organizations. In the future, Facebook must obtain the express approval of their members when seeking a change retroactively affecting the management of personal data. Independent auditors monitor the performance of this agreement is subject to approval by the U.S. authorities, but The Wall Street Journal for granted.

On the other hand, reported Efe, the European Commission will require major Internet portals shuffled personal information like social network Facebook, to remove personal information from users who are written off rather than keep all the information. European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, will recognize "the right to disappear," the Internet in their proposal to amend the Data Protection Directive intends to present in January.

Although Community legislation is, companies outside the EU will be affected to the extent that profiles the case of European citizens. These companies will have to modify its system so that no trace of the information of a person who has asked to be deleted from the portal. When a user leaves Facebook, his profile remains intact enough so that only re-enter their old username and password to enter. At this time photographs and information are on the network and, if it has not restricted the privacy of the user profile, you can find all the information and images of the same if you type the name of the person in Google itself.

In a speech to businessmen in the press this week, the Commissioner noted that "the implementation of the new legislation will not affect the work of journalists to publish news or store public interest." The last directive of EU data protection dates from 1995, so Reding proposes to modernize the European framework with a reinforcement of the rights from the new challenges posed by the Internet and social networks.


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