Sunday, April 15, 2012

Facebook Lets Users Download Their Own Dossiers

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Facebook's new Download your Knowledge Device allows users to access much of the knowledge, the social network has taken on their activities - copies of images, articles, news, a list of friends, chatting on Facebook, earlier names, mate requests they have made written and IP addresses they have logged in from. However, some critics say it does not go far .

Facebook has begun to download an updated version of its share your knowledge device gives users more access to their account history on his web-site.

The motion complies with recommendations made the office of the Irish Information Protection Commissioner in December after an inquiry on Facebook's privacy practices.

"We plan to make more knowledge obtainable about the time, but do not must share more details right now," Facebook spokesman said Victoria Cassady TechNewsWorld.

However, Max Schrems, an Austrian student whose complaints launched the probe, not content. Schrems has complained that the social networking giant is in force, it was the consumers through the sharing of knowledge in only a quantity of the 84 categories maintains. They wishes to release information in all categories now.

"It is important progress," Justin Brookman, director of the Middle for Democracy and Know-how (CDT) 's consumer privacy project, said about Facebook campaign. "There are some legitimate questions about a quantity of the other categories, if third-party knowledge involved."

About the Facebook tool

Facebook expands the capabilities of your download information tool available since 2010. Posted next to copies of photos, articles, news, a list of friends and chat on Facebook, users can now get past the name, friend requests they have made and they have logged into IP addresses.

Facebook rolled out the enhanced tool for users over time, because: "We roll out gradually many of our features, such as timeline, to ensure a quality experience," said Cassady.

"We experimented with [download your information] yesterday," Pam Dixon, executive director of World Privacy Forum (WPC), told TechNewsWorld. "I am very glad that Facebook take a step it clear exactly how much information is made available, because people do not really understand how much information you are entitled to them online."

Complaints about Facebook's approach

The archives do not clarify what are certain categories of information of third parties in a position to see, Dixon pointed out the WPC. "In other words, we do not have an advertiser's view of our data."

Europe vs. Facebook's Schrems complained that Facebook presents many of the categories of data it offers only in the timeline, or Activity Log features, which means that users can not access the data with a single click and not the raw data on the held server. In other words, the company is only the users with a small amount of data processed instead of the full copy of all raw data, as required to do under European law would be.

This is done so in full compliance with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner of the Commission's report, but it is not in line with European law, claiming Schrems. Europe vs. Facebook in a form with the European Commission, is that Facebook members can use to publish a complaint about not always have full access to their data file.

What law?

European law "really is a vague concept," Brookman told TechNewsWorld the CDT. "The [EU] is Data Protection Directive of 1995 is not really right, it's just a job to the Member States, their own legislation, that pretty much achieved those goals to pass, that [Privacy] Act in the whole of Europe is not consistent, perhaps even more important enforcement is .. is traditionally weak in Europe. "

However, the European Commission recently published a law that impose a uniform data protection laws in Europe would be proposed, said Brookman.

The Data Protection Commission from the perspective

"Users with access to their data is a matter that was covered by our audit of Facebook Ireland in 2011, and then we agreed to [on] a schedule with Facebook Ireland in relation to the addition of data loading of the information tool, "Ciara O'Sullivan, spokesman for the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, said TechNewsWorld. "At the end of March 2012, we are happy that this happened in accordance with the timetable agreed with this office during the test."

In July, the Office will examine whether Facebook Ireland "at this point is completely in line with Irish data protection law," said O'Sullivan. "If not, we will enforce the measures, if necessary, to ensure compliance."


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