It is interesting to compare the public’s concerns relating to social media such as Facebook in both the UK and Germany.
In the UK, Facebook came under pressure to find ways how to protect young people from potential paedophiles. In Germany, however, consumer groups and the German government put pressure on Facebook to improve its data protection and even advised Germans not to use the social media platform.
Germany’s equivalent to Which magazine – Stiftung Warentest – also published a special edition in April and surveyed the various social media platforms. It also gave bad marks for data security. Click here to subscribe the test edition.
And Google’s Street View is in trouble as Germans are up in arms about having their property on the internet without their permission. People now seem to have the opportunity to opt out of the service before it goes online.
One of our fellow Stammtisch members also forwarded us a letter that was sent to an MP on the new Digital Economy Bill. If you take into consideration that the Minister for Digital Britain (or his staff) does not seem to know the difference between Intellectual Property and Internet Protocol, it might be worth looking at what that Digital Economy Bill is all about http://meeb.org/post/505849844/i-wrote-to-my-mp-two-weeks-ago-regarding-my-shock.