Ireland Austrian Student Group Disappointed with Facebook Investigation

The privacy campaign group in Ireland plans to sue social networking site Facebook. This Austrian Student Group has been campaigning for better data protection for a year now to push Facebook to remove its facial recognition feature in Europe.

But the group showed disappointment on Tuesday and said that more changes need to be done and the response of Data Protection Commissioner in investigating Facebook is not satisfying.

“The Irish authority is miles away from other European data protection authorities in its understanding of the law, and failed to investigate many things. Facebook also gave the authority the runaround,” it said in a statement.

“We are hoping for a legally compliant solution from the Irish data protection authority. Unfortunately, that is highly doubtful at the moment. Therefore we are also preparing for a lawsuit in Ireland.”

Facebook is also entangled in a lawsuit in the United States, where it is charged with infringe privacy rights by publicising users’ “likes” without asking them.

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