Germany's minister for consumer protection has cautioned her cabinet colleagues against using the social networking site Facebook. The warning was issued over data security concerns.
Facebook has over 750 million users
A top member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has warned her colleagues against using the social networking site Facebook to promote their work, citing data protection concerns.
Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner said in a letter obtained by newsmagazine Der Spiegel that it was "crucial to ensure that the Facebook button is not used on any of our official government websites."
Aigner quit Facebook around a year ago in protest at the company's data security practices.
She said "fan pages" which users can join to get information about organizations should also be avoided "in light of justified legal doubts."
Aigner says the government should set a good example
She said ministries and members of parliament should "set a good example and give data protection its due."
The German government has persistently issued warnings over online security on websites such as Facebook. It says certain features on the popular social networking site such as the "Like" button - which allows users to indicate their preferences for particular postings - can be used by advertisers to gauge users' consumer preferences.
"This data can be used to create a detailed user profile, although Facebook denies creating such profiles for Facebook non-users," a statement from Aigner's industry later said.
It added that Aigner would visit the United States to speak with executives from Facebook and other firms "about respect for German and European data protection policies."
Author: Darren Mara (AFP, AP)
Editor: Kyle James
Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger or perhaps even Thomas Müller: who will be the next captain of Germany? Ahead of Joachim Löw's nomination of a national team captain on Tuesday, we analyze some of the favorites.
On September 1, 1939, German troops under Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime launched an attack on Poland. The countries’ presidents have come together 75 years later in commemoration of the event that marked the start of WWII.
Russian and Chinese leaders have celebrated the symbolic start to the construction of what they say will be the world's largest pipeline. The bilateral gas supply network is to start operating by 2019.