While researching this full page news-feature for The Sunday Times, I spoke to the Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems, of the group Europe v Facebook.
He told me that he first became interested in Facebook’s policies when he realised the extent to which the social media giant’s tactics appeared to conflict with European privacy laws.
To demonstrate the huge amount of information held for each user, he requested a copy of all of his private data held by the company under data protection laws. Printed out, it formed 1,222 sides of A4 paper – and much of the data held he thought he had deleted. It wasn’t deleted, it was only hidden from view.
Check out his campaign: http://www.europe-v-facebook.org.
Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or after the fold.