Facebook Meets with German Officials Over ‘Like’ Button

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany has been active in recent years about protecting the privacy of its citizen’s online data and a top Facebook official met this week with the German Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, to address some security concerns that have been raised on some of the company’s practices.

Last month, officials from the German state of  Schleswig-Holstein took aim at Facebook over the use of the popular ‘Like’ button used on many websites.  It was said that the use of this button, which is provided by Facebook, allows companies to easily track and collect the data of the Facebook users that click it.  The state has proposed a 50,000 euro fine ($70,000) be given to any website owner that decides to embed the Facebook ‘Like’ button on their site.

In a statement given to CNN, the Schleswig-Holstein privacy commissioner, Thilo Weichert, praised Facebook’s quick response and willingness to work with German officials over the privacy concerns.  He stated that he was “positively surprised by the meeting” and that there would be “further talks in the future.”

Facebook is not the only social media company being investigated over privacy concerns.  Hans-Peter Friedrich stated today that he want’s to “establish a general code for social networks that involves rules on data protection and the protection of user identities.”  Google was the company of focus in recent years in Germany as privacy issues were heavily debated around the company’s Street View program.  Roughly 250,000 German citizens requested that Google blur out their homes that appeared on the Street View images.


Source: CNN

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