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Patricia Rogosch, Erik Hohl
Data Protection and Facebook
An Empirical Analysis of the Role of Consent in Social Networks
Reihe: Arbeitsberichte zum Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht
Bd. 18, 2012, 72 S., 39.90 EUR, 39.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90250-4

Consenting or not consenting - When reading the privacy policy of a social network service, one might wonder why he or she is asked to accept the privacy policy. Does one have a choice?

This survey analyzes the status quo of current practices and policies of service providers to obtain consent in Europe. It reveals the main purposes for which they collect, use and disclose users' personal data. The often-cited "informed user" needs information about what he is consenting to. Is the privacy policy easily readable and accessible? How long is the average European data use policy?

These and other questions were answered in this survey by analyzing 140 user generated content websites (e.g. Facebook).

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