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Canada Hates Facebook

Canada Hates Facebook

It seems another big name is in the news for foreign controversy. This time it's social utility Facebook. After a complaint was filed in Canada stating that Facebook committed 22 violations of the country's privacy law, an investigation is under way. Refuting the claims is Chris Kelly, the company's chief privacy officer, who says the complaint has serious factual errors, including the fact that most information on the website is voluntarily shared.

In light of the dispute, Facebook has been working with Ontario's information and privacy commissioner to create a brochure and video to educate users about the privacy settings of Facebook. What's interesting to note about this situation is that the students who filed the complaint are active users of Facebook. While the web site does share information, the privacy settings allow you to change the information to private - something many active users are well aware of.

Do the students have a right to complain? Has Facebook exercised due diligence in protecting consumer privacy? [USA Today]

Posted: 6/2/08