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    AFP: Nordic countries grill Facebook on privacy

    Agence-France Presse reports on international questions about Facebook and its privacy policies:

    Data protection agencies in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland have quizzed social network giant Facebook on its management of users’ private information, they said Tuesday.

    “This is a common action to obtain better knowledge of how personal information is handled by the world’s largest social network,” the Swedish Data Inspection Board’s chief attorney Hans-Olof Lindblom explained in a statement.

    Norway’s data protection agency had sent Facebook a list of 45 questions last week on behalf of authorities in all four countries, the statement said.

    They include queries on the consequences of clicking the “like” button to comment on posted items, and the sharing of data that can help determine a user’s name and address with third parties. […]

    The Norwegian Data Protection Agency told Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, that it had until the end of August to answer each question as accurately as possible, but in no more than 3-4 sentences.

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