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Parliamentary questions
20 March 2013
E-003178-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nuno Melo (PPE)

 Subject:  Personal data protection
 Answer(s) 

According to a report in the Financial Times, a team at the University of Cambridge has devised an algorithm that can extract from public Facebook accounts information which account holders do not share on the social network.

This data can be used for commercial purposes, for advertising and marketing campaigns, but it can also reveal highly personal information.

There are several public search engines(1) that make it possible to harvest this personal information.

What is the Commission’s view of the above study?

(1) www.wolframalpha.com.

Original language of question: PTOJ C 11 E, 15/01/2014
Last updated: 4 April 2013Legal notice