In a nine-page long letter sent from Facebook's European headquarters, the company has answered all submitted questions. Facebook also express that they wish to continue the constructive dialogue.
- Facebook has, for certain areas, to a great extent confirmed our assumptions, while they in other areas state that "this is not the case". This is useful feedback both for us as the Data Protection Authorities and for all Facebook's Nordic users, says Mr Bjørn Erik Thon, Director General of the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.
In their reply, Facebook confirms that what their members write on their own wall is used to target advertising. However, the company emphasises that this personal information is not passed on to other companies, with the exception of what the user accepts when installing so-called third party applications. This also applies to photography and video. With regards to IP-addresses, Facebook state that these are stored for up to 90 days, but that these are only used by management and for security, never for marketing purposes. Facebook also confirm that they consider themselves to be subject to European privacy laws because their European headquarters are situated in Ireland.