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 December 21, 2011  Posted by  Business, Featured News, Non-U.S., Online

John Kennedy reports:

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner has concluded its massive audit of Facebook – the biggest investigation in the agency’s history – and has cleared it of most charges. However, Facebook has agreed to a wide range of ‘best practice’ improvements.

Arising from the audit, Facebook has agreed to ‘best practice’ improvements to be implemented over the next six months, with a formal review happening in July 2012.

Read more on Silicon Republic.  Right now, the links from the audit page to the report and its appendices do not appear to be working, but hopefully we’ll have the full report available soon.

Related: Press release on the report from the DPC and Facebook’s response.

And as always, it’s interesting to see the different media spins on this.  Fox News trumpets, “Facebook Vindicated in Irish Privacy Audit,” while Kashmir Hill of Forbes reports, “Some Scolding, No Fines For Facebook After Irish Privacy Investigation.”

One wonders what the German DPA’s would have done with this complaint.

Update: The audit is now available online, here  (h/t, @steph3n)

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