Facebook violating privacy laws

Facebook is going against a European law about protection of privacy by watching and locating people without their consent. The news was posted on BBC citing a relevant report that was published by the Belgian Commission for the protection of privacy.

The said commission accused Facebook of repeatedly avoiding to answer questions asked by the European regulators on that subject while they also appealed to the users of that specific social network to install a certain software for the protection of the confidential information that their computers contain. That software will prevent Facebook from getting information about the users’ location.

On the other side now, Facebook stated that is fully complies with the data protection laws while at the same time it challenged the validity of the authorities of the Belgian organization.

As a reaction to that, the commission unleashed some serious accusations against the social network supporting that “Facebook is encroaching on the Belgian and European law concerning the protection of privacy”. In addition, the commission has compiled a report researching the changes made in January in Facebook’s privacy policy. Furthermore, the same Belgian commission mentions that Facebook has denied to acknowledge the Belgian and other European jurisdictions insisting that they subject only to the laws of Ireland.

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In the meantime, back to the social network’s side, a Facebook spokesman challenged the effectiveness of the Belgian commission but also stated that the company will review the results of the research not with the Belgian but with Irish Data Protection Commission. Another statement by the company was: “We work hard to make sure that people over the things they choose to share and with whom to share those things with. Facebook respects the European laws and complies with the European legislation on data protection.”

This may be the first time Facebook is being accused of violating users’ privacy but it not the first time the company is being accused of something in general. It is understandable that with each country and union having their own laws – some may be similar to others but still with slight noticeable notifications – it can be hard sometimes to function in way that complies with all of those laws. Let’s just hope for the shake of the most popular social network in the world that the issue is settled soon, before it escalates and causes more trouble both to the company and its users.

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