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Canada took on Facebook

Spoiler alert: we won


 

Last month, Facebook was found to be in violation of Canadian law. The problem stemmed from Facebook’s policy of holding on to its user’s personal information indefinitely. Now, after negotiations with Canada’s privacy commissioner, Facebook has promised to change its ways. The repercussions could be significant. Facebook has agreed to change the way it handles information, updating its privacy policy and giving users more control over the information provided to third-party application developers. Most importantly, the changes will require application developers to obtain consent from users before their information is used or shared. “These changes mean that the privacy of 200 million Facebook users in Canada and around the world will be far better protected,” said Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. Adds Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications and public policy at Facebook, the new policies set “a new standard for the industry.”

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Canada took on Facebook

  1. I didn't take on Facebook and I'm part of Canada, so all you can say is that the Government of Canada took on Facebook and because they have a bunch of guns to back up whatever they say and do and Facebook doesn't, Facebook folded like a deck of cards. Wow, what a victory!

    In a country of grown-ups, those who _consent_ to the terms and conditions of Facebook when they join, which includes not deleting accounts, would live with the consequences of their choice. That's basically what the Globe and Mail editorialized and they're spot on. Down with the Nanny State!

  2. Robert … Facebook has at least a year to actually comply with existing law. That's hardly a big victory for the Government of Canada, and certainly not evidence of your bugaboo "Nanny State." Canada is being more than reasonable.

    What is happening is a fake consent "signed" before Facebook users even know how to use the site, when they can't possibly imagine all the ways their information could be used, and no plain language that says what that might include. There's no method for prospective users to add conditions or negotiate, cross out a line or two, just a take it or leave it boiler plate statement that can hardly be taken as an "agreement."

    If this is acceptable practice, then why wouldn't retailers also ask you to sign away your right to protection from hazardous products, say baby toys that contain lead, or cars that blow up when they are hit from the rear?

  3. This all started because some tard girl changed her relationship status about her bf before telling anyone that she was breaking up with him and got into a hissey fit because she didn't want that information broadcast publicly. She then petitioned to have FB change their privacy law. People who use this site to manage their lives are pathetic and are probably the same people that get fired from work for bitching about their boss or telling everyone their skipping work to go drinking without realizing their co workers and boss follow them on FB.

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