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New Facebook privacy policy conflicts with European regulations

There is no doubt that one of the purest forms of power in our days is information. It is the single most important thing for influencing large masses and steering them in a certain direction, both literally and figuratively speaking. This makes companies like Facebook or Google the most powerful corporate entities on the planet, bar none.

However, with great power always comes great responsibility and finding the right balance between using the information acquired and at the same time keeping it secret and securing user’s privacy isn’t easy. This is precisely the kind of problem Facebook has to deal with now after announcing major changes to their privacy policy last Wednesday. To be more exact, the issue is caused by the way Facebook handles user’s personal data collected by the company’s affiliates. A perfect example here is Instagram.

If you’ve been reading this blog you probably know that Facebook has acquired Instagram earlier this year ( article covering the merger ). Even so, the company remains a separate entity from a legal point of view and is also ran by the same people. Due to its popularity even before the acquisition, Instagram has managed to gather quite a lot of personal information from its users. As expected, after Facebook took over command of the company, it also took over property of this personal data. Normally this would mean that Facebook executives can now use all of it in any way they see fit ( cough* to make more money *cough ).

Well, as it turns out things are not so simple and I am actually glad they aren’t because this is a prime example of covert information theft . What happened is that all Instagram users agreed to the privacy policy without knowing that their personal data will be later “bought” and used by Facebook. Even worse, there are probably a lot of people out there that only had an Instagram account and weren’t planning to join Facebook, exactly because of privacy issues.

Time will tell how this will play out but one thing is for sure, Facebook will have to revise its policy yet again. Expect changes soon and tune in to find out more about your favorite social network.

 
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