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Complaint Alleges Breach of Youth Privacy

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

January 22, 2010

Ottawa's Public Interest Advocacy Centre has filed a complaint with Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart alleging Nexopia has committed six violations of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the Globe and Mail reports. The complaint alleges "unnecessary and non-consensual use and disclosure of personal information" against a site that has attracted attention for providing an open venue for teens to discuss controversial issues. Nexopia has stated it has 1.4 million members and is "the place to be for teens looking to express themselves to the world." Since it is marketed to young teens, lawyer John Lawford says Nexopia should meet a different level of privacy than other social networking sites.
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