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European Union seeks more privacy for social network users

The EU plans to enforce higher standards of privacy on social networks.

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called for US firms such as Facebook, who have millions of European-based users, to comply with EU rules on privacy.

This comes as the EU plans to entrench a "right to privacy", which would ensure that default settings on social networking sites protect full privacy over things like photos and personal information, instead of being added extras as is the case now.

A "right to be forgotten" is also being proposed, which would allow for people to withdraw consent to data sharing, and leave no trace of it online should they wish.

Facebook claimed they already complied with EU law, and will continue to work alongside Brussels to ensure this.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.