Facebook could be dragged into a German court after a data protection official, Johannes Caspar, launched legal proceedings against the social network site, which he claims illegally accesses and saves personal information of non members.
The action could see Facebook fined tens of thousands of euros for breaching Germany’s strict data protection laws, amongst the worlds toughest. They restrict organisations from obtaining the private information of individuals who have not granted permission for it to be accessed.
An August 11 deadline has been set for Facebook to respond to the charges, which come at a bad time for the internet giants PR team who remain embroiled in the fallout surrounding a recent imbroglio over changes in privacy settings.
Facebook might not be losing too much sleep however, social media has now overtaken pornography as the webs number one activity.