Les régulateurs européens viennent de joindre leurs voix à celles d’autres régulateurs et avec la société civile, ils s’inquiètent des changements qu’ils qualifient d’inacceptables. Le régulateur canadien  http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2010/nr-c_100127_e.cfm

a été le premier à réagir, puis Viviane Redin, le 11 février Journée internationale de l’Internet sûr.(cf. Nea say).

Le G29 qui rassemble tous les régulateurs nationaux de l’UE vient d’envoyer une lettre sans équivoque à  20  opérateurs de réseaux sociaux qui ont signé la Charte « Safer Networking Principles for the EU ». Le consentement donné doit être libre et non ambiguë.

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The Article 29 Working Party, the group of European data protection authorities,

told Facebook in a letter today that it is unacceptable that the company fundamentally changed the default settings on its social-networking platform to

the detriment of a user.

Facebook made the change only days after the company and other social

networking sites providers participated at a hearing during the Article 29 Working

Party’s plenary meeting in November 2009.

The Article 29 Working Party, which held its 75th plenary session in Brussels on

May 10 and 11, 2010, sent letters to 20 social network operators that have

signed the “Safer Networking Principles for the EU.”

The Working Party emphasised the need for a default setting in which access to

the profile information and information about the connections of a user is limited

to self-selected contacts. Any further access, such as by search engines, should

be an explicit choice of the user.

The letters are a follow-up to the Opinion on Online Social Networking of June

2009 and a subsequent hearing with three major social network services

operators at the Article 29 Working Party plenary meeting in November 2009.

The letters also address the issue of third-party applications Providers of social

network services should grant users a maximum of control about which profile

data can be accessed by a third party application on a case-by-case basis. The

Article 29 Working Party also raised the issue of data of third persons contained

in users’ profiles. Providers of social networking sites should be aware that it

would be a breach of data protection law if they use personal data of other

individuals contained in a user profile for commercial purposes if these other

individuals have not given their free and unambiguous consent.

In addition, the Article 29 Working Party met with representatives from the

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). The groups

exchange views on the mutual roles that they can play on reviewing the OECD

Privacy Guidelines and on international cooperation in the field of enforcement.

Background information

Site de la Commission européenne sur la protection des données art.29 Protection des données http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/fsj/privacy/workinggroup/index_en.htm