Facebook (Again) in the Crosshairs of the European Authorities

About to usher in a new data center in full European soil, Facebook is again under fire from local authorities. Again the commissioners of the European Union are showing apprehensive about the capacity of the social network to collect and store data from users who live on the continent, which would violate a number of local regulations of privacy online and offline.

This official week of security digital will attend a meeting convened by Viviane Reding, Human Rights Commissioner of the European Union, accusing Facebook of “being selling its users to advertisers” in a report discovered by the British newspaper The Telegraph. According to the publication, the group’s goal is to “contain” the methods of the social network.

“Consumers of the european continent should see their data strongly protected regardless of the country they live in and the country in which the company that owns your personal information is established,” added viviane.

Despite being a company founded in the US, Facebook has offices in Dublin (Ireland) and in the coming weeks will open a data center in the Swedish city of Luleaa, 100 km from the North Pole.

To help, an Austrian law student named Max Schrems became prominent in recent days to have filed the process Europe versus Facebook. After much searching, the 24 – year -old managed to get all the data relating to the movement of your account on the social network to be sent to you on a CD. The result was an exact file 1,222 pages showing in detail all their movements in three years he was member of the site – including messages that supposedly had been excluded “for over a year.”

According to the boy, Facebook does not in fact messages and photos and your database, but only for display when the user chooses to delete the data. “No other organization in the world would never be able to collect more than 1,200 pages of data on a common person in such a short time,” said the young man to a local TV network.

Check out the article with Max Schrems, subtitled in Portuguese.