Germany Issues Privacy Ultimatum To Facebook

By Justin Lafferty 

Not long after Germany reopened its investigation into Facebook’s facial-recognition technology, a German consumer group sent the social network a cease-and-desist letter. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations is ordering Facebook to quit giving third-party applications users’ data without their consent. If the social network doesn’t do this by Sept. 4, the Germans plan to sue.

According to an AP report, the federation believes Facebook is in direct violation of the country’s privacy laws. The group has given the social network until Sept. 4 to comply with German laws, which side strongly with users. Germany has strict regulations that allow Internet users control over their data.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has ran afoul in Deutschland. Earlier this month, German officials criticized the site for its facial-recognition efforts. Facebook’s stance on privacy was under scrutiny in Germany again in March, and the site also lost a court battle to German officials earlier this year. German officials didn’t care for Facebook’s cookies last year, and they have also disliked the like button.

Readers: Do you think Facebook will change its privacy controls or go to court again in Germany?

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