New EU Privacy Laws Could Hit Facebook

Posted in: Government & Policy at 31/01/2010 19:31

Technologies such as social networking, RFID, and even airport scanning have raced ahead of Europe's outdated data protection rules. Brussels aims to fix that

Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social networking site Facebook, told the world to just get over it -- no one cares about privacy anymore -- provoking a storm of protest across cyberspace.

On Thursday (28 January), the European Commission responded to the 24-year-old billionaire and announced plans for comprehensive new laws that have in their sights the massively popular website.

The commission is concerned that its existing rules on data protection date back to 1995, the very early days of what was at the time called the "information superhighway" and are extraordinarily out of date.

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