Facebook Expresses Willingness To Reveal Details Of Stored DataFeatured, Telecommunications Friday, February 10th, 2012
Facebook has shown willingness to reveal enough details pertaining to the kind of user information it stores. This follows a push by a student privacy group based in Australia. The group has consistently insisted that Facebook should disclose the details and be in perfect conformity to the privacy laws of Europe.
Seemingly under pressure, Facebook promised to make improvements on its privacy protection aspects particularly for users based outside North America. The initiative followed an investigation by authorities in Ireland which criticized Facebook for its complex privacy policies. Officials from Facebook reportedly held an extensive meting with the privacy group in which the company is said to have demonstrated willingness to address the concerns. Max Schrems, the head of the group, said they have a fixed commitment to have the details released, specifically the list of data categories that users click as they use the social network.
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A number of other privacy groups as well as analysts have constantly expressed worries over the way social media networking sites tend to keep user data, saying such crucial data can easily find its way to the hands of unscrupulous persons or entities. Additionally, the habit of companies using private user data to launch targeted campaigns for businesses has drawn bitter opposition from privacy advocates.
The bone of contention stems from the fact that most of these companies are never willing to disclose the type of information they store and those who do are always protective enough not to give all details. Most activists have argued that users should be allowed to make a say on whether their behavioral data can be stored anyway and if so, to what extent it can be used. The activists contend that storing sensitive user information for purposes of putting it into commercial use is tantamount to stealing the information-an act that should be treated as a crime.