Commissioner finds Facebook violating Canadian privacy law

Geist-48X68.jpgPosted by Michael Geist
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released its long-awaited finding (media release, finding, backgrounder) in the complaint against Facebook on a variety of privacy grounds. The complaint was launched by CIPPIC (Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, based at UofO law faculty) in May 2008 (note that I am an advisor to CIPPIC but had no involvement in this complaint). The case marks an important step in assessing how Canadian privacy law addresses social media with the Commissioner identifying some significant concerns. Moreover, as the case potentially heads to court, it will be closely watched to see whether the findings can be enforced against a global social media power like Facebook.
The big issues include . . .Click here to read the whole of Michael's post.

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