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Germany Raises Pressure on Facebook on Data Privacy Rules

  • Justice Minister Barley to meet Richard Allen on Monday
  • Merkel’s CDU party wants ‘more clarification,’ lawmaker says
Israel Opens Probe Into Facebook on Possible Privacy Breach
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The German government and lawmakers in the lower house of parliament are ratcheting up the pressure on Facebook Inc. to guarantee privacy following reports that an election consulting firm siphoned data from tens of millions of the social network’s users.

Justice and Consumer Protection Minister Katarina Barley summoned Facebook officials to a meeting on Monday in Berlin, ministry spokeswoman Josephine Steffen said at a regular news conference. The gathering will be attended by officials including Richard Allen, Facebook vice president of policy for the EMEA region.