7.17.2009

Facebook 'violates' privacy law

·The popular social networking site Facebook is not doing enough to protect the personal information it gets from subscribers, and it gives users confusing and incomplete information about privacy matters.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/facebook/5846719/Facebook-violates-privacy-law.html
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"It's clear that privacy issues are top of mind for Facebook, and yet we found serious privacy gaps in the way the site operates," Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said in a report on an investigation into Facebook.
The report said Facebook violates Canada's privacy laws by keeping the personal information of people who have deactivated their accounts in its databases indefinitely.
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Facebook told the commissioner it needed to keep personal data for those who shut down accounts because about half of users reactivate accounts that they had deactivated.
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Stoddart also said Facebook lacked adequate safeguards to prevent unauthorised access to users' personal information by third-party developers. There are more than 950,000 developers in 180 countries.
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