Wednesday 18 October 2017

Facebook gets 'like' for action over privacy

Fergus Black

FACEBOOK has been given a clean bill of health by the data protection watchdog over measures on improving the privacy of users.

Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he was satisfied bosses had met a four-week deadline to comply with recommendations on improving user privacy. Facebook Ireland was facing fines of up to €100,000 if it failed to comply.

While the company had already implemented many of the recommendations including measures to improve transparency and the provision of increased user control over settings, a number of recommendations had not been met.

Meanwhile Facebook Ireland has announced the appointment of a lead data protection and privacy counsel Yvonne Cunnane to its Dublin operation.

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