Facebook Could Face Fine for Holding Data That Users Have Deleted

Friday Oct 21st 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

The Irish data protection commission is investigating the social networking company to see if it is violating the law.

The Guardian: The Irish data protection commission will audit Facebook in order to follow up on claims that the social networking company violated privacy laws. The charges come from Max Schrems, who requested that the company send him all of the data they had about him. In response, Schrems received 1,200 pages of data, including much information that Schrems believed had been deleted.

The Irish commission will also be investigating claims that Facebook collects data on non-members.

If the company is found guilty of data breaches, it faces maximum fines €100,000 or about $139,000.

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