Irish regulators ask Facebook to clarify plans of changing privacy policy

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 23 Nov 2012
Irish regulators ask Facebook to clarify plans of changing privacy policy

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Irish regulators have sought clarifications from Facebook over its plans to change its its privacy policy.

Facebook earlier this week proposed changes to its site governance and privacy policies, which included its data-use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities. Facebook also informed users it intended to abolish user votes on Facebook's practices.

Facebook says the changes if implemented would provide more and detailed information about their data, along with new features to help users manage their messages and reminders on what content is visible to other members of the social network.

The Irish privacy watchdog's deputy commissioner Gary Davis, however, said it will be "seeking urgent further clarification from Facebook Ireland and if we consider that the proposed changes require a specific consent from EU users we will require Facebook to do this," according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to Davis, the proposals weren't yet finalised and until the process is over the changes will not be brought to the attention of Facebook users. Facebook Ireland is responsible for all the site's users in the European Union.

Facebook, in the meanwhile, says it remains in "regular contact" with the Irish regulator to ensure it maintains "high standards of transparency".

Kul Bhushan

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