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London: The French data protection authority asked Facebook, the social networking giant to stop sending user data to the US and follow the European data protection law.

According to a report in technology website Tech Crunch, the company has been given three months to make the changes deemed necessary by the data protection authority CNIL and failing to do so will incur heavy fines.

Specifically, the data protection agency is unhappy that FB collects the browsing activity of internet users who do not have a Facebook account.

“The company does not inform Internet users that it sets a cookie on their terminal when they visit a Facebook public page (page of a public event or of a friend). This cookie transmits to Facebook information relating to third-party websites offering Facebook plug-ins (e.g. Like button) that are visited by Internet users,” the CNIL notice read.

According to the notice, It collects user data concerning sexual orientation, religious and political views “without the explicit consent of account holders”. Nor does it inform users on the sign up form “with regard to their rights and the processing of their personal data”.

The company is also accused of using the now illegal “Safe Harbor” data transfer mechanism – a longstanding trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement that was invalidated by the European Court of Justice last year, the report added.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, “We are confident that we comply with European Data Protection law and look forward to engaging with the CNIL to respond to their concerns.”

According to CNIL, it has made its notice against FB public due to “the seriousness of the violations and the number of individuals concerned by the Facebook service”.

Facebook has more than 30 million users in France.

The social networking giant is facing several privacy-related probes in Europe.

In November, a Belgian court ordered the company to stop using cookies to track the web activity of its users.

As well as investigations by the French and Belgian authorities, it is also being probed by Spanish, Dutch and German (Hamburg) data protection authorities.(IANS)

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Facebook’s Internal Conversation Containing Confidential Memo Leaked Online

The leaked emails appear to have been referring to a privacy breach for Facebook where a third-party app almost disclosed the company's financial results ahead of schedule.

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The leaked emails appear to have been referring to a privacy breach for Facebook where a third-party app almost disclosed the company's financial results ahead of schedule. Pixabay

Internal conversation between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company excecutives were leaked online that contained a highly confidential 2012 memo detailing several policy matters.

“About 60 pages of un-redacted exhibits from a lawsuit between Facebook and Six4Three, an app developer, were posted anonymously on GitHub,” the Guardian reported on Friday.

The leaked emails appear to have been referring to a privacy breach for Facebook where a third-party app almost disclosed the company’s financial results ahead of schedule. Internal conversations amongst the executives about the subject also found their way to the web.

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These documents have been sealed by a Californian court so we’re not able to discuss them in detail,” the report quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying. Pixabay

“These selective leaks came from a lawsuit where Six4Three, the creators of an app known as Pikinis, hoped to force Facebook to share information on friends of the app’s users. These documents have been sealed by a Californian court so we’re not able to discuss them in detail,” the report quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying.

Another exposed confidential document appears to be a July 2012 eight-page memo from Facebook’s then Vice President of global public policy, Marne Levine, discussing plans for data collection on Android devices.

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Levine’s exposed memo shows detailed efforts by Facebook executives and employees to curry favor with politicians from around the world and it also highlights a meeting between a Facebook staffer and the head of California’s eCrime unit to discuss then-California attorney general Kamala Harris’s office of privacy protection, the report added.

“Like the other documents that were cherrypicked and released in violation of a court order last year, these by design tell one side of a story and omit important context,” the Facebook spokesperson added. (IANS)