Monday, November 09, 2009

Facebook Responds to Canada's Privacy Commissioner

Facebook has recently posted changes to its privacy policy in response to an investigation by the Office of the Privacy commissioner of Canada. That investigation identified a number of instances where Facebook privacy policy did not meet Canadian rulkes, For example, the Canadain legislation is clear about the requirement to fully inform users of why their information is being collectedd and what will be done with it. Facebook has had policies that were vague in this department. They also had a policy of retaining information for deleted accounts, which users did not necessarily know about. Their argument was that the users might wish to reinstate their accounts in future. However, the users have a right to have the information deleted if they wish.

A good writeup on this development is found on InternetNews.

No comments: