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Privacy Commissioner Launches New Facebook Probe

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

January 28, 2010

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has announced it is once again launching an investigation into Facebook. The probe comes on the heels of the OPC's extensive investigation last summer that resulted in Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart ordering Facebook to change its policies and practices to comply with Canada's privacy law, the National Post reports. The new investigation is focused on a complaint alleging a tool introduced last month requiring users to review their privacy settings--a change Facebook made in response to the commissioner's first investigation--actually exposes more personal information. The new complaint "mirrors some of the concerns that our office has heard and expressed to Facebook in recent months," says Assistant Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
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