Facebook faces fight in Europe over new privacy policy


Last week Facebook rolled out a new privacy policy that allows the sharing of data between its various services, such as Instagram and the Atlas ad unit, and the tracking of users across much of the web. At the time, Hamburg’s data protection chief said he was preparing to coordinate with counterparts across Europe to see what might need to be done about this.

Now, according to IDG, EU data protection officials have formed a task force to deal with the matter, on the basis that Facebook’s new policy may well contravene European privacy laws.

The privacy policies of the big U.S. web giants, which make their money by tracking users in great detail so as to sell their profiles to advertisers, have long been a sore point in the EU. On Friday Google and the U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a settlement to a long-running investigation over…

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