German Official Challenges Facebook On Data It Keeps On Non-Users

Thursday Jul 8th 2010 by Staff

A feature which saves Facebook users' contact information may violate German law.

LA Times: Hamburg official Johannes Caspar has launched a formal investigation into the question of whether Facebook violates Germany's strict data protection laws. At issue is a Facebook feature which allows users to import their e-mail contacts into the service to see if any of them are Facebook users. Facebook saves that information, including information on users' contacts who have not signed up for the service.

"We consider the saving of data from third parties, in this context, to be against data privacy laws," Caspar said in a statement.

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