Facebook’s Richard Allen, Director of European Public Policy, attended a meeting with Hans-Peter Friedrich,
“We support the initiative towards self-regulation; It can be a very effective way to protect the interests of Internet users”, said Allen. He also went on to explain how Facebook had already begun to implement new features which allowed the users to have control over the data that they share on the social networking site.
Friedrich, meanwhile, had praised Facebook for its willingness to sign up for self-regulation, adding that “the debate over the extent to which German data protection law applies to Facebook has been considerably defused”.
Indeed, while it seems that Facebook is off the hook,
Indeed, Weichert is quite well-versed in matters of online data protection and has, in fact, been the one to prevent Google from implementing the Street View 3-D Mapping Service on
Allen, on the other hand, called Weichert’s claims “exaggerated” during the Schleswig-Holstein state parliamentary committee.
When all is said and done, Facebook might have bought itself a little more time by agreeing to the Voluntary Privacy Code. What remains to be seen, however, is if they really will follow through with their promises.