Germany officials launch legal action against Facebook

German officials have launched legal proceedings against Facebook for accessing and saving the personal data of people who do not use the site.Facebook could face fines of tens of thousands of euros under privacy laws.The social networking firm confirmed it had received a letter about the action.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8798906.stmAlso see:Germany launches legal action against Facebook [AP]
A German data protection official said Wednesday he launched legal proceedings against Facebook, which he accused of illegally accessing and saving personal data of people who don’t use the social networking site.Johannes Caspar, head of the Hamburg office for data protection, said it had initiated legal steps that could result in Facebook being fined tens of thousands of euros for saving private information of individuals who don’t use the site and haven’t granted it access to their details.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/germany-launches-legal-action-against-facebook-20100708-101lz.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/3896680/Germany-sues-Facebook-over-privacy
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/germany-launches-legal-action-against-facebook-20100708-101lz.html

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