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PIAC Files Complaint, Seeks Investigation

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

April 22, 2010

The Ottawa-based Public Interest Advocacy Centre has filed a complaint with Canada's federal privacy commissioner about the Nexopia social networking site, StraightGoods.ca reports. The 35-page complaint alleges that six of Nexopia's privacy practices violate the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. "PIAC would like to see the privacy commissioner investigate Nexopia's privacy practices for compliance with Canadian privacy law, with special consideration to how Nexopia handles the privacy and personal information of minors," said PIAC counsel John Lawford. The complaint states that the company's very advanced search function "does not respect youth privacy," and its default settings "are set to share information with the whole world."

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