European Privacy Watchdogs May Investigate Facebook

European privacy regulators are to look at whether some of the changes to user privacy made by Facebook may be illegal under EU law.

This move comes soon after a number of US senators complained to the Federal Trade Commission about the social networking giant's recent actions.

Facebook has been trying to manage the backlash it experienced when both users and the US government criticised Facebook's recent tweaks, saying that the changes threaten the privacy of users.

In a recent Q&A session with the New York Times, Elliot Schrage, vice president for public policy at Facebook, defended the company's stance on user privacy but admitted that its privacy settings were too complex and needed to be simplified.

Under pressure from both the US government and European regulators, Facebook has called an emergency staff meeting in order to discuss company strategy in the face of the new crisis.'s Nick O'Neill reported: “While it’s unknown what Facebook will announce during the meeting, it’s pretty obvious that changes will need to be made if Facebook is going to regain users’ trust.”