Irish Privacy Commissioner Wants More Transparency from Facebook

Lora Bentley

It looks like no matter what Facebook does with regard to privacy controls, someone is going to want more. This time it's the Irish privacy commissioner. SlashGear reports Commissioner Billy Hawkes has asked the leading social network to implement changes that will give users more control over the information that is shared on Facebook as well as who can access that information.


Like privacy officials from other countries, Commissioner Hawkes is most concerned about how third-party applications that run on Facebook use the information. He wants Facebook to be completely transparent with users regarding how those applications use their data. He also wants Facebook to give users the ability to remove personal information from the social network and all related databases.


For instance, the story says:

[I]deally, users would be able to press a button and remove, say, their work history from Facebook, all Facebook apps and all its adverting partners.

Facebook Ireland has six months to make the changes required by the privacy commissioner.

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