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Facebook Privacy

European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests 214

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the making-an-intern's-life-hell dept.
An anonymous reader writes "If you've ever wondered how much personal data Facebook holds about you then prepare to be surprised. Using European data privacy laws, it's possible to request the data Facebook has stored about you. The document can total 800 pages covering everything from the expected name, address, and date of birth, right through to every event you've attended, every message you've deleted, and your political and religious views." The best part is that Facebook has to send a physical disc containing the data. This has been exploited by a number of users, completely overwhelming Facebook's ability to make the discs.
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European Users Overwhelm Facebook With Data Requests

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  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot&hackish,org> on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @10:26AM (#37539500)

    What if my purpose in requesting the data about me isn't to help DDoS Facebook with a deluge of requests, but because I actually want to know what data Facebook's compiled on me. That is, after all, why the law exists in the first place, and it's not at all strange that someone might want to know that information.

    If Facebook finds it expensive and inconvenient to mail out physical CDs, they could agree to allow at least optional delivery by other means, such as over the internet.

  • by xaxa (988988) on Wednesday September 28, 2011 @10:54AM (#37539908)

    Complaint 02 [europe-v-facebook.org] is about shadow profiles for non-users.

    I don't see why you couldn't request it, except that you (going by your journal) are American, so the Irish/European data protection laws don't apply.

    (It's interesting that the data is provided for free. British companies are allowed to make a "reasonable charge" for providing the personal data, which is almost always £10.)

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