The latest development comes on top of the lawsuit we reported last month, brought by the Austria-based privacy group “Europe vs Facebook.” EU authorities have reacted with indignation bordering on fury over Facebook’s claims that it’s free to share personal data with third parties and use any photos or content posted to its site for commercial purposes.
“These are several things that really go too far, we think, and the task force will investigate them.”
The taskforce will be led by officials from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Italy, although Belgian and Dutch authorities have already started their own national investigations into the new policy.
In a sense, there’s nothing especially new in Facebook’s policy – Google, for example, already does most of that stuff. But it, too, has fallen foul of the EU as a result.
Both of these American leviathans may have underestimated the strength of the EU’s commitment to data privacy and Facebook is almost certainly looking down the barrel of a formidable struggle.