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Privacy scrutiny for Oculus Rift

Concerns have emerged this week over the privacy policy wording of Facebook’s virtual reality company (and Facebook subsidiary) Oculus Rift.

First to press was ZDNet, highlighting wording that purports to disclaim responsibility for data breaches.  This was followed by a letter (PDF) to the company from Senator Al Franken, demanding more detailed disclosures on what information Oculus collects from users and what it does with that data.

All in all, this is a timely reminder of the PR implications of privacy policies, especially for high profile businesses.  In jurisdictions like New Zealand, it is also an open question as to whether disclaimers of the kind highlighted above might attract attention from regulators under  unfair contract terms legislation.

Link: ZDNet  |  TechCrunch
Hat-tip: IAPP

Belgian privacy commission takes action against Facebook over user tracking

The Belgian Privacy Commission has taken Facebook to court for its alleged failure to comply with European privacy law.  An opinion published by the Belgian privacy watchdog detailed Facebook’s alleged breaches of European privacy law, including tracking the activities of non-Facebook users and logged out Facebook users without their consent for advertising purposes.

Link (The Guardian): Belgian privacy commission takes Facebook to court over privacy breaches and user tracking