Facebook to join leading German IT group

BERLIN (AP) ? Facebook says it is will join Germany’s leading IT association, amid ongoing concerns from some of its more-than 20 million German users over the social media giant’s data privacy and security policies.

Facebook said vice president Elliot Schrage held talks in Berlin on Wednesday with the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media ? also known as Bitkom. Its application to join must still be formally approved.

The social media giant agreed last month to more self-regulation concerning data privacy and young users in Germany, following complaints it fails to comply with strict German privacy laws.

Schrage said in a statement that Facebook takes its commitment to its German users very seriously and aims to work toward improved regulation and self-regulation.