To modify Friend Finder service in the country
Facebook has agreed to provide German users with improved protection from unwanted advertisements and solicitations.
The social networking site agreed to modify its Friend Finder service after facing potential fines for violating strict privacy laws of the country.
Violations of German privacy law, which give individuals comprehensive control over personal data, carry penalties up to €300,000.
Facebook spokeswoman in Hamburg Tina Kulow said the site will now inform users in Germany that the site could send solicitations to people on their mailing lists if they upload their address books to Friend Finder.
The social networking site decided to change its operation after the data protection supervisor in Hamburg Johannes Caspar started a review of its practices.
Caspar said his office had received numerous complaints from Germans who had never used Facebook, but were still receiving Facebook solicitations.
He added his investigation would continue until the changes announced by the company ended complaints by users.