I do wonder if in future we might not seek to understand how local legislation, enacted at the wishes the citizens of a country, might be brought to bear on an every growing global digital economy.
Date: 13 July 2010 10:00:38 GMT+01:00
Subject: RE: FaceBook and "Instant Personlization"[Ref. ENQ0309115]
13th July 2010
Case Reference Number ENQ0309115
Dear Prof McAuley
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the „Instant Personalization‰ function on the website Facebook. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you; this is due to the large caseload we are currently experiencing. Unfortunately, this has meant that we have been unable to deal with incoming correspondence as promptly as we would like.
As you may be aware, the Information Commissioner‚s Office is the UK‚s independent authority tasked with overseeing and enforcing the Data Protection Act 1998 (the „DPA‰). The DPA covers the processing of personal data (i.e. data which relates to a living individual) within the UK.
Unfortunately, as Facebook is based and operated from the United States, it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the DPA. We are therefore unable to pursue this matter.
You may find useful information in our guidance note „Using social networking sites safely‰
I am sorry that we cannot be of assistance on this occasion. If you have any further queries, please contact our Helpline on 08456 306060, or 01625 545745 if you would prefer to call a national rate number, quoting your case reference number.
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
T. 01625 545745 F. 01625 524510 www.ico.gov.uk
Please consider the environment before printing this email
The ICO’s mission is to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
If you are not the intended recipient of this email (and any attachment), please inform the sender by return email and destroy all copies. Unauthorised access, use, disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted.
Communication by internet email is not secure as messages can be intercepted and read by someone else. Therefore we strongly advise you not to email any information, which if disclosed to unrelated third parties would be likely to cause you distress. If you have an enquiry of this nature please provide a postal address to allow us to communicate with you in a more secure way. If you want us to respond by email you must realise that there can be no guarantee of privacy.
Any email including its content may be monitored and used by the Information Commissioner's Office for reasons of security and for monitoring internal compliance with the office policy on staff use. Email monitoring or blocking software may also be used. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you write or forward is within the bounds of the law.
The Information Commissioner's Office cannot guarantee that this message or any attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted and amended. You should perform your own virus checks.
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113 Fax: 01625 524 510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk