Facebook could face €100,000 fine for holding deleted data

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Oct 21, 2011
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  1. Facebook could face a fine of up to €100,000 ($139,000) after an Australian law student discovered that the social networking site held 1,200 pages of personal data about him, much…

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  2. yorro

    yorro TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 244

    Can the data be accessed publicly?
  3. SammyJames

    SammyJames TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 168

    That is a good question. I would like to know the answer myself. I once had a Facebook account that I also "deleted." I put that in quotes now because with this revelation, it makes ME wonder whether "deletion" means truly reprocessing that data -- or just offloading it onto a different drive. Or whatever. Who knows?

    The point is that Facebook, created by a couple of guys who lost control over their own invention after some sleazebucket co-opted it, sucks. I will never, ever, EVER use Facebook. It gives me hives to see the stupid "F" Facebook logo on every web site on the planet.

    Come to think of it -- maybe I should stop visiting Techspot. There is one of those cute little logos somewhere on this page... maybe Techspot doesn't need my business after all.
  4. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Addict Posts: 393   +101

    Facebook is going to be it's own demise. I'm not one to bash Facebook for the hell of it but they really need to get their privacy act together. Hoarding user data after it's been "deleted" is really bad in so many ways. They aren't even *trying* to respect user's privacy or information. I suppose I won't be giving up standard texting and phone calling very soon and lucky for me it's still a popular form of communication!
  5. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    $139,000? Facebook gets fined $139,000 for this, yet God forbid a college student illegally downloads a couple songs, and gets hit with a fine upwards of $600,000. Australian law is going too easy on FB in my opinion. They make $139,000 in a matter of minutes.
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    $139,000 is the current conversion rate of 100,000 Euro's. The guy is from Australia, but he's suing Facebook in Ireland as the social networking giants legal contacts for Europe are based in Ireland. So its for breaking Irish data protection laws, and will be heard in Ireland, not Australia.

    I agree the fine is too light, but you can't just make up a sum of money because the company is a multi-billion dollar empire. The shoe has to fit all parties, big and small.
  7. Croneberg

    Croneberg Newcomer, in training

    The guy is from Austria, not Australia...
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 839   +20

    I wish I knew how to get all previous posts from facebook. Seems more like an online diary to me, maybe somewhat useful in some circumstances.
  9. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    I understand the conversion rates, but I prefer to think in dollars. I also understand that the punishment has to fit the crime, I just wish there were a way for them to actually feel that punishment. Monetary punitive damages should be calculated in percentages (based on total assets perhaps), not maximum fines.
  10. BMfan

    BMfan TechSpot Guru Posts: 477   +48

    You forgot to add that now they putting a stupid Facebook button on phones just so it can be 2 seconds quicker to see if their friends have made him\herself a sandwich.
  11. Jesse

    Jesse TechSpot Staff Posts: 368   +39

    anyone know how to request one of those CD's full of your data? That would be really interesting to look at.
     
  12. negroplasty

    negroplasty TechSpot Maniac Posts: 536   +12

    Great... that's like fining me 1/100,000th of one cent... fines should be relative, that amount is a joke for a company the size of Facebook.
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,489   +302

    I was thinking the same thing...
  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,045   +37

    Thats all?

    ?100,000 ($139,000) huh?

    Oh no, I dunno if they can pull through it guys. We should donate to Facebook so they dont go broke.
  15. caravel

    caravel Topic Starter

    It's hardly surprising... facebook is all about collecting private data and selling it on... as to the fools who use it and wh0re out their personal lives to the lowest bidder:

    "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." ~ Oscar Wilde
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 802   +8

    Well, if you do that, you might as well just cancel your internet subscription. Because if you stop visiting every site that has one of those, you'll find yourself just staring at your search engine, lol.
  17. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd Newcomer, in training Posts: 555

    Making data not visible or accessible rather then deleting it is common practice, EVERY BIG company does it. This is one of the risk you face when you upload stupid stuff on Facebook, a PUBLIC SOCIAL NETWORKING site, it could come back to bite you in the ***.
  18. license27kill

    license27kill TechSpot Member Posts: 76

    he dumb, actually

    does he even know how to hide things in any personal hdd??
    y upload something and delete it afterward, i hope he know the fact that what you upload online will be forever online.
    i pity this law student..
  19. caravel

    caravel Topic Starter

    Sadly quite true these days...

    One solution - edit /etc/hosts (in windows it's the same. but buried somewhere in "system32") and add the following:

    Code:
    127.0.0.1       www.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1       facebook.com
    Easier - Firefox + Adblock and Noscript. Adblock the domain and add it to Noscript's "untrusted" blacklist.
  20. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195

    @ caravel
    lol, I already did that about a year ago,
    perfect way to make everyone in your house stop using your computer. :grin:
    don't forget to add:
    Code:
    127.0.0.1 touch.facebook.com
    127.0.0.1 m.facebook.com
    
  21. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,164   +228

  22. Jude

    Jude Newcomer, in training

    All of that Internet history is on your computer erase that history and forget about the rest.

    Jude
  23. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,164   +228

    I've turned my FF & SeaMonkey browser history settings off so when I click History>Show all History nothing shows. :confused:
  24. humblechap

    humblechap Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    100000 is a drop in the ocean for FB. They are making so much money that 100000 is nothing.
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,164   +228

    What does the History on my pc have to do with the history facebook would have IF I had an account there? I don't think they hack into ones pc to grab your history, yet,at least:confused:


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