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Facebook Violates Canadian Privacy Law

Myriad (89793) writes | more than 5 years ago

Social Networks 0

Myriad writes "Canadian Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, has ruled that Facebook has failed to meet the requirements of Canadian privacy legislation. As the BBC reports, "Facebook's policy of holding on to subscribers' personal information, even after their accounts had been deactivated, was one area that breached Canada's privacy laws". According to the Toronto Star, Stoddart indicated a total of four area's Facebook violated, which also included "A lack of adequate safeguards to restrict outside software developers — of games, quizzes and the like — from gaining access to personal profiles of users and their online friends", "A lack of clarity about how Facebook material can be used in the event of a person dying, which the privacy office calls "memorialization" concerns", and "A lack of protection of information about non-users — people who may not have their own Facebook accounts, but whose personal data may be on friends' or associates' pages." Facebook has been given 30 days to respond."

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