Even if you are not a member of Facebook, you cannot fail to have heard the reports that keep coming to the fore regarding the issue of privacy on the site. Many people think that Facebook uses the data it holds about its members in the wrong way, saying that privacy is violated in the process.
Now the social media website has come into the firing line of a data protection authority in Germany. The authority is concerned that even when members of Facebook delete their accounts and ‘leave’ the site, Facebook is still able to track their behaviour to find out what they are doing online. This is achievable using cookies.
Facebook has released a statement defending its position and actions. Nevertheless, the agency expects Facebook to explain its position and shed light on their belief that they are doing nothing wrong. It remains to be seen what the outcome of this event will be, but it is just the latest in a series of stories about the social networking giant and its experiences with privacy. The data protection authority has pointed out that Facebook must adhere to European privacy regulations. At present, it thinks that it may not be doing this.
It will be interesting to see which side appears to win this argument. However, even if Facebook comes out on top, it is hard to believe – given their track record – that some similar event will not rear its ugly head in the near future.