Facebook Fanpages

Collecting data on Facebook has always been criticized by privacy advocates. Now there is a court ruling that takes operators of Facebook fanpages in obligation.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig recently decided that the operator of a Facebook fanpage maintained in the social network can be obliged to switch off his fanpage if the digital infrastructure provided by Facebook has serious data protection deficiencies.

The problem is that Facebook already collects user data from the first loading of the fanpage without informing them. The operator of the fan page carries a data protection responsibility - even if the technical infrastructure comes completely from Facebook.

Schleswig-Holstein's data protection officer Marit Hansen, whose house had set the pattern case rolling, called the verdict as "tailwind for data protection" [ZDF].

There are links on the WBS Law site (DE) as well as updates on how to implement the verdict.

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