France is restricting Facebook
Facebook have been having all manner of bother regarding everyone's data, and to date, it doesn't look like they're at all bothered. Either way, the 'Friend Finder' tool is under the microscope, and the 'Safe Harbour' ruling which allows American companies to send your personal stuff back Stateside, is being investigated by EU bigwigs.
Well, the French data protection authority has practically ordered Facebook to stop some of this data transferring, and stop the way they use the data of non-Facebook users.
The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), said that they're not happy about the Safe Harbour agreement, as it may allow data to be looked at by American spies! Safe Harbour is going to be changed and updated this year, with the annoyingly named 'Safer Harbour' deal.
CNIL has asked the social network to stop compiling the data of account holders for advertising purposes without a legal basis, adding that the harvesting of this data doesn't constitute the primary object of the contract, which users agree to when they sign-up with Facebook. This compiling of personal data by its very nature, is very likely to be incompatible with the fundamental privacy rights of account holders, said CNIL chair Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin.
Facebook let you block targeted adverts, but they don't let you opt out of your personal data being mined. The social network has three month to comply with CNIL's requests, or they'll come a cropper of the French Data Protection Act.
With investigations by the EU continuing, you can expect more countries to start giving ultimatums to Facebook, and similar companies who use citizens' personal data.