Canadian Privacy Commissioner Finds Flaws with Facebook
The report concludes an investigation by the Commissioner that was prompted by a complaint from the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
Close to 12 million Canadians have accounts with the site.
The report found that:
- Facebook information about privacy settings was often confusing or incomplete
- there were many concerns around the sharing of users’ personal information with third-party developers creating Facebook applications such as games and quizzes
- the site indefinitely keeps the personal information of people who have deactivated their accounts – a violation of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s private-sector privacy law