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    Associated Press: German minister criticizes Facebook on privacy

    The Associated Press reports on a letter from Germany’s consumer protection minister Ilse Aigner to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about the social-networking site’s privacy policies:

    In the letter provided Monday to The Associated Press, Aigner refers to Facebook’s planned changes to its privacy settings and calls on the company not to allow personal data to be passed on to third parties for commercial purposes without users’ consent.

    She says “private information must remain private” and adds that “Facebook does not respect this wish.”

    The German minister is the latest to criticize Facebook for its proposed changes on the sharing of its users’ data with its partners. Recently, the Washington Post reported on the controversy and recapped criticism of Facebook’s proposals.

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