21 October 2008

Social networking sites told to warn users of weak privacy controls

Social networking websites were urged to warn users about the low level of protection given to their profiles at a Council of Europe-organised conference on the issue. The European Union Data Protection Authority (Cnil) said websites like Facebook should inform users that their profiles currently receive only "weak" protection. It added that website users, especially minors, should be told about the risks they face by going online and given clear instructions on how to change their data protection settings. The request came at the end of a two-day conference in the French city of Strasbourg during which 70 countries also stressed the need for a universal standard on privacy and personal data protection. see draft Resolution on Children's Online Privacy October 2008. Proposer: Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Co-sponsors: Privacy Commissioner, New Zealand, La Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libert├ęs (France), Data Protection Commissioner, Ireland, Berlin Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner, United Kingdom.