Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein unlikes Facebook's services
Two days ago, Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, a federal state in Germany, called on administrators of local websites to disable integration with Facebook's social services, in particular the like button and pages for adoration of companies and trademarks (fan pages) - under penalty of up to 50,000 EUR.
Commissioner has been airing such concerns for quite some time. However, webmasters are loth to disable Facebook's social services plug-ins, as they are easy to integrate, fundamental for efficient advertising and apparently free - webmasters pay by forwarding visitors' data. Facebook has achieved its market capitalization also by being able to gather such data. On the other hand, responsibility for protection of visitors' data (i.e. before it is forwarded to Facebook) lies on webmasters, whose privacy policies usually lack appropriate disclosures or do not provide for such transfer of data into the USA.
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