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Student group plans to sue Facebook in Ireland

Published on Dec 4, 2012 4:40 PM
 
Vienna-based Facebook Inc privacy campaign group europe-v-facebook plans to sue the social network in Ireland, where the company has its international headquarters. PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc privacy campaign group europe-v-facebook plans to sue the social network in Ireland, where the company has its international headquarters, it said on Tuesday.

The Austrian student group has been campaigning for better data protection by Facebook for over a year and has won some concessions, notably pushing the world's biggest social network to switch off its facial recognition feature in Europe.

But the group said on Tuesday the changes did not go far enough and it was disappointed with the response of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, which had carried out an investigation after europe-v-facebook filed numerous complaints.

"The Irish authority is miles away from other European data protection authorities in its understanding of the law, and failed to investigate many things. Facebook also gave the authority the runaround," it said in a statement.

 
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