Facebook has been accused of failing to act quickly enough to implement changes to its privacy policies that were supposed to have been introduced by March at the request of the Irish data protection commissioner (DPC).
Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Ireland, was told to introduce the changes in December 2011, with most set to be brought in throughout 2012, but some were meant to be implemented by 31 March.
These included providing a simpler explanation of its privacy policies to users and a clarification of how user data is used within targeted advertising.
However, advocacy group Europe-v-Facebook said the firm had failed to introduce these changes and complained that the DPC had failed to take action on this issue.
"The Irish authority has told us in a phone call yesterday that they hope to find a solution with Facebook by the end of April. There won't be any consequences or penalties for breaching may aspects of the law and the deadlines set up by the authority."
Gary Davis, Irelands' deputy data protection commissioner, moved to downplay Europe-v-Facebook's concerns.
"We are in ongoing communication with Facebook Ireland on progress being made on all the commitments made in the audit. Significant progress has been achieved thus far and we fully expect that to continue to be the case," Davis told V3.
"We are satisfied with progress thus far on the large number of commitments given by Facebook Ireland and continue to expect full implementation by the July deadline outlined in the audit report."
A member of the group, Max Schrems, speaker of the group Europe-v-Facebook, added that the lack of interest from the DPC showed that big businesses received preferential treatment, even if they ignore government requests.
"It seems like the authority does not care if Facebook is breaching the law and the deadline in the authorities report. Every normal citizen gets a fine, but Facebook apparently doesn't," he said.
However, Facebook said it was working hard to meet the requirements set out by the DPC and should meet its goals in the near future.
"We have a constant dialogue with officials working for the Irish DPC, who are responsible for overseeing the work we are undertaking, to reassure them of our progress," it said.
"We recently reported to them that we have implemented some of their recommendations ahead of schedule and that we expect to meet all the Q1 aspirations over the coming weeks."
Updated on 5 April with DPC comment.
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