To whom the network "knocks"
The German federal government alone has 879,000 Facebook fans and a total of 1 million followers. By the way, Chancellor Angela Merkel, like her press secretary Steffen Seibert, does not have her own authorized page on this social network, but almost 49 thousand people have signed up for the head of the CDU Armin Laschet, who may become her successor after the autumn elections to the Bundestag. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has more than 63 thousand subscribers, and Health Minister Jens Spahn has three times more (against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, which has been going on for a year and a half, such an increased interest is not surprising). They actively leave comments under posts, arrange heated discussions, put "likes" and "dislikes". However, now the federal commissioner of the government is demanding from ministers and departments to curtail virtual feedback from citizens.
"Managing Facebook fan pages cannot be implemented in a way that meets privacy requirements … Moderators are not accountable to the European Data Protection Regulation. Given the ongoing violations, I strongly recommend that the pages be disabled by the end of the year," Kelber said in a letter to federal ministries. and agencies. Earlier, the press and information department of the German government tried to discuss privacy concerns with Facebook representatives. However, in response, the company allegedly provided the authorities with only old unsubscriptions of the 2019 sample.
The upper house of the FRG parliament, following the Bundestag, approved a bill on a unified database of foreigners living in the republic. According to Deutsche Welle, the existing registry should become centralized and accessible to a wide variety of departments – from the youth affairs department to the criminal police. Now it will be entered information, including the address of residence and migration status of a person, and "in some cases, we can talk about confidential information, for example, about political and sexual orientation."