Canadian Privacy Commission Eyes Facebook's New Practices

Lora Bentley

Facebook is in trouble with Canadian privacy officials -- again.

 

Reuters reports the office of Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart will be investigating Facebook's privacy practices in response to complaints from users that the changes Facebook made in December make their personal information more widely available than it was before. (It sounds as if the complaints are nearly identical to those made recently before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.)

 

The investigation will focus on the new tool with which Facebook enables users to modify their privacy settings. Asssistant privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham explained:

Some Facebook users are disappointed by certain changes being made to the site -- changes that were supposed to strengthen their privacy and the protection of their personal information.

Facebook maintains that the changes are "transparent and within the law," the story says

 

The first time Canadian officials investigated Facebook's privacy practices, the company agreed to make its privacy policies more transparent to users. Facebook argues that it has done so, and pointed to the extensive user education effort that came alongside the privacy changes last month.



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