Canadian group charges that Facebook violates privacy laws

Posted in: Legal & Security at 01/06/2008 11:48

Complaint seeks review of social network rules by Canadian Privacy Commissioner

A Canadian public policy group today filed a complaint charging Facebook Inc. with 22 separate violations of a Canadian personal information protection law.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), based at the University of Ottawa, asks the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to investigate what it describes as Facebook's failure to inform members how their personal information is disclosed to third parties for advertising and other commercial activities. The complaint also alleges that Facebook has failed to obtain permission from members for disclosure of their personal information.
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Facebook 'violates privacy laws'
A Canadian privacy group has filed a complaint against the social networking site Facebook accusing it of violating privacy laws.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic has listed 22 separate breaches of privacy law in its country.

Clinic Director Phillipa Lawson told the BBC that, with over 7 million users in Canada, "Facebook needs to be held publicly accountable".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7428833.stm

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