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Facebook Says EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Would Harm Privacy 277

judgecorp writes "The European Commission has proposed a "right to be forgotten" online, which would allow users to remove personal data they had shared. The idea has had a lot of criticism, and now Facebook claims it would actually harm privacy. Facebook says the proposal would require social media sites to perform extra tracking to remove data which has been copied to other sites — but privacy advocates say Facebook has misunderstood what the proposal is all about."
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Facebook Says EU 'Right To Be Forgotten' Would Harm Privacy

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06, 2012 @02:46PM (#42206285)

    The "right not to be punched in the face" would harm health?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 06, 2012 @06:24PM (#42209527)

    "Thank you for your request to delete your personal data

    Because Facebook LLC-Subcorp 3b is a wholly owned but separate subsidiary of Facebook LLC-Subcorp 2a1, we do not have your facebook credentials such as your username or password (that would violate your privacy).

    We do however, store and back up your personal information, which you authorized Facebook LLC-Subcorp 2b2 to transmit to us on your behalf.

    Because you have granted Facebook a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty free license to reproduce, reuse, market and otherwise utilize your personal content in the known universe in perpetuity, we will not actually delete your data. We will however, stop re-sharing it with Facebook LLC-Subcorp #1b2, a Malaysian-Ireland-Turkey LLC.

    To verify you own the identify you are requesting to purge yourself from our systems, please supply us with the following:

    1) Your full name
    2) Your place of birth
    3) Your date of birth
    4) Your mother's maiden name
    5) Your current address
    6) Your phone number
    7) Your email addresses
    8) Your login credentials for google
    9) A scanned, notarized copy of your driver's license

    When we have validated your identity, we will be happy to remove your personal information from our servers.

    For our protection, your removal request may be archived for up to seven years. Your personal information may also remain on backup tapes, magnetic media, aggregated dimensional analysis units, and in any other system we have already sold, licensed, subcontracted, or authorized to use on our behalf.

    By submitting a removal request, you authorize us to forward your request to subcontractors as we see fit, with whom we may have exclusive business relationships to resell your identity.

    Thank you, your privacy is very important to us."

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