Data protection and social networking websites

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance on the application of the Data Protection Act 1998 to social networking sites and online forums. It covers “what you need to consider when you run, contribute to, or download personal data from online forums such as social networking sites, message boards, or blogs”.

‘Social networking and online forums – when does the DPA apply?’ in pdf, 297KB, linked from http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/topic_guides/online.