Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
Europe Versus Facebook
Europeans are growing increasingly suspicious of Facebook’s facial-recognition efforts. Earlier this month, Norway announced that it is looking into the legality of the social network’s technology. Now, Germany is doing the same. Data-protection officials in Germany worry that Facebook is compiling a photo database of users without their consent, so they are reopening their investigation.
The next big deadline for Facebook in Ireland, where it has been working with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner to respond to privacy concerns originally raised by Austrian group Europe Versus Facebook last October, is this October, when several privacy objectives the two parties agreed upon are due to be implemented.
Remember the long list of privacy objectives Facebook promised Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner it would implement by the end of the first quarter of 2012? Well, it’s now the second quarter of 2012.
A CD containing 1,222 pages of data sparked another attack on Facebook’s privacy policies, this one from a 24-year-old law student in Austria.