23 Mar '11, 9pm

Facebook admits need to improve deletion tools for 'exceptional users'

LONDON - Facebook's European director of policy admitted that the site needs to improve its tools to help those "exceptional" users who need to delete data posted on the site forever. Mr Richard Allan, talking at a Westminster Media Forum debate entitled, Social Media, Online Privacy And The Right To Be Forgotten, said that the majority of Facebook's 500 million users around the world were more concerned that their data, such as photos and videos, remained on the service rather than being deleted. Mr Allan, who was en route to Brussels to take part in continued discussions on the European Union's plans to force social networks to completely erase personal data, said that it would be a mistake to amend data protection laws on the basis of a few exceptional cases. However, he did admit that the site still needed to "find mechanisms to help in exceptional cases" where data ne...

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