Regulators to Audit Facebook Following Privacy Row

Social networking giant Facebook is facing two privacy investigations being conducted by regulators in both Europe and the United States.

The Irish data commissioner has informed that it will be conducting an investigation into Facebook after it received 22 complaints from a privacy group in Europe called Europe v/s Facebook.

This is grave news for Facebook as its entire European operations are based out of Ireland, which means that the company has to operate under Irish and European data protection laws outside of the United States.

“This audit will examine the subject matter of the complaint, but also will be more extensive and will seek to examine Facebook’s compliance more generally with Irish data protection law,” Gary Davis, Irish deputy data protection commissioner, said in a statement to The Financial Times.

Meanwhile, the United States Federal Trade Commission has received an open letter from a group of consumer and civil rights protection organisations which claims that Facebook violates people’s privacy by tracking their web activity even after they have logged out of Facebook.

The FTC has received complaints from the Electronic Privacy Information Centre, The American Civil Liberties Union, The American Library Association, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, The Centre for Digital Democracy, The Centre for Media and Democracy, Consumer Action, Consumer Watchdog, Privacyactivism, and Privacy Times.