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

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 @03:43PM (#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 @03:53PM (#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 @03:57PM (#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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