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Facebook: the Law Says You Can't Have Your Data 165

Posted by timothy
from the just-following-orders-from-ireland dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After making 22 complaints regarding Facebook's various practices, the Austrian group Europe versus Facebook stumbled upon an important tidbit: Facebook says it is not required to give you a copy of some of your personal data if it deems doing so would adversely affect its trade secrets or intellectual property. I followed up with Facebook and learned the company insists the law places 'reasonable limits' on the data that has to be provided."
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Facebook: the Law Says You Can't Have Your Data

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  • Skeptical (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nonprofiteer (1906180) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @02:43PM (#37705456)
    I've looked into this, and I'm fairly certain that the particular piece of information that Facebook is holding back from these (800+ page) reports is a user's biometric faceprint. Claiming that the code for those prints is Facebook's intellectual property does NOT strike me as unreasonable.
  • by Desler (1608317) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @02:53PM (#37705606)

    You did opt-in. Did you not read the TOS? It's your own fault for not reading it fully.

  • Credit agencies (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 13, 2011 @02:57PM (#37705652)

    Forget Facebook. You agree to terms of service with them. Of course no one ever reads those terms, but at least you're agreeing to a relationship with them. I don't get the credit agencies. I have no direct relationship with the credit agencies, but they collect all this data on me and it's MY responsibility to monitor and correct it if it's wrong. And if I want to check that data more than once a year, I have to pay them for MY OWN DATA.

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