The privacy issues Facebook is experiencing in Belgium may soon spread to other European Union countries.
The five data-protection authorities wrote in their declaration:
While recognizing the right of Facebook to appeal the aforementioned judgment, the contact group expects Facebook to comply with these orders in all territories of the EU as a means of contributing to ensure consistency with the requirements of the European Directive 95/46/EC and Directive 2002/58/EC, as amended by Directive 2009/136/EC. This statement is without prejudice to the ongoing national investigations and to measures that could consequently be imposed upon Facebook. The measures adopted by Facebook should not bring undue prejudice to the Internet user.
Facebook responded in an email to IDG News Services:
The interim order obtained by the Belgian DPA threatens the security we can offer to everyone who uses Facebook, and we are appealing it to a court that will have the benefit of all the facts. Although the order has no effect outside of Belgium, we welcome the opportunity to share the security threats created by the order with other interested regulators.
Readers: How do you see this playing out?