Euro data protection office spanks Facebook

European privacy guardians have told Facebook it should give its users more control over their personal data and allow them to decide who else gets to see it.

Social Networking site Facebook works on the principle that everyone shares their personal information. It then exploits that personal information for its own profit by sharing it with other companies.

Facebook should let its users decide what personal information they let it share with other companies, Europe's official office for data protection, the Article 29 Working Party, told Facebook in a letter this week.

Facebook has angered privacy watchdogs by gradually weakening its users' privacy controls and changing its policy to give it greater scope to sell their data.

The watchdog said it has sent letters to some 20 social networking sites outlining its concerns that private data remain private.