Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group have been a thorn in Facebook’s side since challenging the social network’s privacy policies in 2011, and they are now going after bigger game: Safe Harbor, the agreement between the U.S. and the European Union that gives more than 3,000 U.S. companies — including Facebook, Google and Apple – the ability to capture personal data from European users.
Facebook announced the launch of its FbStart program for mobile application startups at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, and a 10-city FbStart tour across the U.S. and Europe kicked off in New York Thursday.
Facebook has quietly brought facial-recognition technology back in Europe after disabling its tag suggest feature there in October 2012, but it only works on friends from the U.S. who have enabled the tag suggest option in their profile settings, according to a report by TechCrunch.
Is Facebook getting into the electronic money business? According to a report by Financial Times, the social network is “weeks away” from Ireland granting it regulatory approval to launch a service that would allow users to store, pay with, and exchange money with other users.
Facebook has a new general manager for Israel, as The Jerusalem Post reported that Adi Soffer Teeni, chairman of English grammar and spelling tool Ginger, will assume the post at the social network’s office in Ramat Gan.
The tax man cometh and, in the case of Facebook in the U.K., he leaveth empty-handed, as The Guardian reported that the social network paid no taxes in the U.K. in 2012, despite seeing its income there rise by 70 percent, and despite accounting for nearly one-half of the £6 billion ($9.66 billion) that eMarketer projects for 2013 digital ad spending in the U.K.
Durgesh Kaushik, who led Facebook’s small business marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has decided to leave the company and pursue an opportunity in his home country of India. According to a source, Kaushik will become the Deputy General Manager for Product Marketing for Reliance Jio Infocomm.
Kaushik joined Facebook in February 2012, where he designed and tested acquisition and customer lifecycle programs in foreign markets. He worked primarily from the Dublin Facebook office. He also managed email acquisition programs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for Facebook.