Jul 14

Facebook is one of the most famous and widely used social media networking site that exist in the web world. But along with its popularity, confusions and doubts have also become an integrated part for the networking site. This is especially particular to the privacy matter of the site.

German authorities seem to doubt the privacy policies of the said site. They even regarded the policies as illegal and so are demanding for investigation on the said matter.
According to the Associated Press, Andres Noyes who is the public policy spokesman confirmed the challenge and the investigation Wednesday, July 7. Noyes announced that a letter was sent to the company from Hamburg Data Protection Officer asking for the response of the site until August 11 and so, Facebook is currently reviewing the matter.
This case is similar to the Canadian incident which occurred last year. The German authorities are asking for the number of members currently registered in the said site and for how long these people became members. The authorities are focusing on the possibility that the said site is gathering data from people who are not registered in the site.
According to Hamburg, if the company is saving data from third parties then they are doing something illegal. German authorities are really strict when it comes to privacy related concerns. The authorities have been taken an issue with Google Street View, Google DoubleClick merger, Wikipedia and other email companies verifying on issues that may have been against the law.
Amidst the accusation, Germany is actually one of the places where few members are located. The country has StudiVZ which is also a networking site but has grown ten times bigger than the Facebook with regards to the number of German users registered. But through time, it seems like the site is also growing its population in Germany. Still, the growth is slow and the site still ranks fourth of the biggest networking sites in Germany.

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