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Facebook's privacy problems in Belgium highlight weaknesses in EU legislation

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    A Belgian privacy lawsuit targeting Facebook highlights the difficulties national regulators will face policing the activities of international Internet companies until new privacy laws are passed.

    The Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy is unhappy with the way Facebook handles the personal information of the nation’s citizens and in May asked it to change its policies in a number of “recommendations,” which have the force of law in the country.

    Facebook, though, maintains it doesn’t have to answer to the Belgian privacy watchdog as its international operations are run from Dublin, where the Irish Data Protection Commissioner oversees its compliance with the European Union Data Protection Directive as implemented under Irish law.

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