EU privacy regulators eye online social networks

Tagging photos on social networking websites may soon become an ordeal for aficionados of Facebook, MySpace and the like, as EU privacy regulators recommended imposing strict rules on users uploading pictures of other individuals on their personal pages.An opinion issued by the group of European privacy watchdogs states that users of social networks “should only upload pictures or information about other individuals with the individual’s consent”. If applied, this provision would completely alter the way such websites work today.Currently, social networking members share pictures and tag friends’ images without requiring their prior consent. Moreover, Facebook or MySpace users tend to communicate publicly, putting their and others’ private information on shared boards or ‘walls’.

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