Personal Data

Facebook Scraps Tag Suggest Facial-Recognition Feature In EU, Gets Thumbs Up From Ireland DPC

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Irish eyes (and those of the rest of the European Union) are finally smiling on Facebook, as Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner announced that “the great majority” of the privacy recommendations it made to the social network to keep it in compliance with those of the EU have been “fully implemented to the satisfaction of this office.” The major concession by Facebook: Its tag suggest feature, which enabled facial recognition for Facebook photos, has been turned off for all new users in the EU, with existing users to lose access to the feature by Oct. 15.

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Secure.me’s App Advisor Grades The Safety Of Facebook Applications

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Not all Facebook applications are created equal. Secure.me, which is akin to virus protection for pages, recently launched the App Advisor — a report card for more than 500,000 apps on the Facebook platform. On Wednesday, the site will introduce a browser plugin that rates the trustworthiness of an app (or a site that integrates Facebook), based on what kind of personal data it requires.

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Germany Issues Privacy Ultimatum To Facebook

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Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users’ data without their consent. If the social network doesn’t do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.

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MIT Wonders What Facebook Can Do With Personal Data

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We all know that Facebook has massive amounts of users’ personal data. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review recently delved into the issue of what Facebook can do with all of that information, in a post by writer Tom Simonite that deftly explores the fascinating yet largely unknown world of Facebook’s in-house and bookish social science arm. Will Facebook use it for good or evil?

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