Ger­many ini­ti­ates le­gal ac­tion in re­sponse to Face­book pol­icy

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

A Ger­man data pro­tec­tion of­fi­cial started le­gal pro­ceed­ings against Face­book Inc., which he ac­cused of il­le­gally ac­cess­ing and sav­ing per­sonal data of peo­ple who don’t use the so­cial net­work­ing site.

Jo­hannes Cas­par, head of the Ham­burg of­fice for data pro­tec­tion, said the agency had ini­ti­ated le­gal steps that could re­sult in Face­book be­ing fined tens of thou­sands of eu­ros for sav­ing pri­vate in­for­ma­tion of in­di­vid­u­als who don’t use the site and haven’t granted it ac­cess to their de­tails. Face­book has un­til Aug. 11 to re­spond for­mally to the le­gal com­plaint against it. Its re­sponse will de­ter­mine whether the case goes fur­ther.

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