Safe Social Networking

Lora Bentley

Continuing the social networking/privacy vein, BBC News is reporting that Facebook has violated Canadian privacy laws by holding on to users' personal data for too long. The Canadian Privacy Commission also found that the popular social networking site gave users "incomplete or confusing" information regarding privacy.


Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says Facebook's practice of keeping user data even after accounts are deactivated violates Canadian law, which allows information to be stored only as long as is necessary for "appropriate purposes." Moreover, she urged the company to make its "incomplete or confusing" privacy policies more transparent to users.


Facebook is working with the commission to reach resolution, according to chief privacy officer, Chris Kelly. Stoddart will reportedly check the company's progress in 30 days. If it's necessary, she can seek enforcement of her recommendations in Canadian federal court.

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