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Site Changes Concern Commissioner

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April 26, 2010

Canada's federal privacy commissioner has expressed concern about changes Facebook made last week that will allow third-party developers to retain users' data indefinitely, the Globe and Mail reports. "I'm very concerned about these changes," said Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. "More than half a million developers will have access to this data." Stoddart indicated that the company seems to "be moving in the opposite direction" from that which it committed to move toward last summer when the company agreed to certain privacy reforms following an OPC investigation. Stoddart also reiterated concerns she and her global counterparts set forth last week in relation to online companies' actions impacting user privacy.
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