Facebook To Offer Privacy Exemption To German State

Law360, San Diego (October 21, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT) -- Facebook Inc. agreed to exempt the German state of Schleswig-Holstein from its information collection practices after the state’s data protection commissioner raised concerns that the online social network’s “like” button violated German privacy laws, according to a Friday news report.

Thilo Weichert, the head of the data protection regulator for Schleswig-Holstein, complained in August that Facebook features such as its “like” button relayed personalized data to website owners without properly informing the site's visitors or allowing the visitors to opt out of the data collection....
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