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John Naughton thinks that the worlds largest social networking site is not taking privacy rights seriously.

This article titled “With friends like Facebook…” was written by John Naughton, for The Observer on Sunday 29th January 2012 00.06 UTC

Here’s an interesting coincidence. Last week, the European commission announced plans for a “comprehensive review” of the EU’s 1995 data protection rules “to strengthen online privacy rights” and “boost Europe’s digital economy”. The reforms include “a right to be forgotten”, which will, the commission claims, “help people better manage data protection risks online” and enable them to “delete their data if there are no legitimate grounds for retaining it”.

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