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The Privacy Advisor | Commissioner’s report on Facebook Related reading: Therrien calls for enforcement powers, changes in law


By John Jager, CIPP/C

The Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Elizabeth Denham, issued a Report of Findings on an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices on July 16. The commission launched the investigation on receiving a complaint from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). (PIPEDA Case Summary #2009-008)
The extensive complaint included 24 allegations against the company, with key issues relating to Facebook’s, collection, use, and retention of users’ personal information (PI), and its retention and security practices.
The commission’s 385 paragraph findings report includes 1 sections:

Section 1 – Date of Birth
Section 2 – Default Privacy Settings
Section 3 – Facebook Advertising
Section 4 – Third-Party Applications
Section 5 – New Uses of PI
Section 6 – Collection of PI from Other Sources
Section 7 – Account Deactivation and Deletion and Accounts of Deceased Users
Section 8 – Personal Information of Non-Users
Section 9 – Facebook Mobile and Safeguards
Section 10 – Monitoring Anomalous Activity
Section 11 – Deception and Misrepresentation

John Jager, CIPP/C, is Vice President of Research Services at Nymity Inc., which offers web-based privacy support to help organizations control their privacy risk. He can be reached at


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