Tech News - Facebook accused of creating 'extensive profiles' of non-users | Techgig

LONDON: Facebook is now building profiles of non-users who haven't even signed up to the social networking site, it has emerged.

The claim has been made in a complaint filed in August by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner.

It alleges that users are encouraged to hand over the personal data of other people including names, phone numbers, email addresses and more, which Facebook uses to create "extensive profiles" of non-users.

"Facebook Ireland is gathering excessive amounts of information about data subjects without notice or consent by the data subject," the complaint said.

It added that in many cases the information "might be embarrassing or intimidating for the data subject. The information might also constitute sensitive data such as political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation and so forth."

Tech News - Facebook accused of creating 'extensive profiles' of non-users | Techgig