“The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data,” Samuel Gibbs reports for The Guardian.
“The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a case brought by privacy campaigner Maximilian Schrems, looking at whether the data of EU citizens should be considered safe if sent to the US in a post-Snowden revelation landscape,” Gibbs reports. “‘You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,’ Schima told attorney general Yves Bot in a hearing of the case at the European court of justice in Luxembourg.”
“The case, dubbed ‘the Facebook data privacy case,’ concerns the current Safe Harbour framework, which covers the transmission of EU citizens’ data across the Atlantic to the US. Without the framework, it is against EU law to transmit private data outside of the EU. The case collects complaints lodged against Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Microsoft-owned Skype and Yahoo,” Gibbs reports. “The case argues that the US government’s Prism data collection programme, revealed by Edward Snowden in the NSA files, which sees EU citizens’ data held by US companies passed on to US intelligence agencies, breaches the EU’s Data Protection Directive ‘adequacy’ standard for privacy protection, meaning that the Safe Harbour framework no longer applies.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Sound advice for anyone, not just those in the EU. Beyond the privacy aspect, Facebook is Creepster Central. It’s a Narcissists’ Paradise. In general, yuck.
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