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Social networking sites are not permitted to store information about people's use of the sites beyond the duration of a particular session, according to a panel of Germany's data protection officials. Companies behind social networks such as MySpace and Facebook must also tell users what happens to any data that is collected and …

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well...

"The GDK also said that social networking companies must let users delete their profile" - As an ex-administator for a uk-based social netowrking site, one of the things that got complained about most was the fact that users cannot delete their profiles.

people were told to "disable" (meaning it was hidden from public view, but anyone with any level of staff access could see it) the accounts and after 6 months inactive they would automatically delete. This is not the case.

Personally I'd love to see that site taken for everything it's (not) worth.

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Wow!

A sensible piece of legislation from a Government that seems to have actually comprehended something about the net!

Wish it could happen here...

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My concern...

...is that I'd like to known exactly what Facebook advises its users about invitations.

I find the closing words of the subsequent emails particularly disconcerting: "This e-mail may contain promotional materials. If you do not wish to receive future commercial mailings from Facebook, please opt out(link)". So firstly, thanks to someone I know, an address I gave out in good faith it would remain spam free is on someone's mailing list without my consent. Great.

Secondly, if the opt-out link were to mean I'd never be notified again (as would be decent) then they would have to transfer this address to another list just as easily wrest from them by hackers - which appears to be the case from the version of the linked page I last saw (presumably it's also shown to their own users who opt out of emails, and retaining my address permits some kind of "who invited whom" procedure. But I digress). If not, my friends' persistence gets that address (or its replacement) back on the list regardless of how frequently I register my displeasure.

On one hand I feel like a cantankerous old f*rt flagging them "is spam" without following the link, but on the other it feels *very* right to.

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