Facebook, Germany Still at an Impasse Over Data Collection, Monitors Street View

Facebook, Germany Still at an Impasse Over Data Collection [IDG]
Facebook officials met with Hamburg’s Data Protection Authority on Thursday, but the two entities are still at loggerheads over how the social-networking site collects the information of unregistered users.Another meeting is scheduled for Aug. 24, said Johannes Caspar, who heads the agency. The DPA is concerned about Facebook’s address-book synchronization feature, which will upload the e-mail addresses of people who are not Facebook users from a registered user’s existing e-mail address contact lists.
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/203134/.htmlGermany Keeps an Eye on Google’s Street View Tool [IDG]
German data protection officials are keeping close watch on Google as the company prepares to launch an online tool that lets people proactively block images from appearing on its Street View photo mapping Web application.People in certain areas in Germany will be able to submit descriptions of their property and Google will remove those from Street View before the images are published, which is planned before the end of this year, according to a Google spokeswoman.

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