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Experts: Facebook Could Face Day in Court

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

May 24, 2010

In the wake of a report of social networking sites providing user information to advertisers, and in response to assertions that Facebook must get serious about privacy if it wants to continue to grow, the world's largest social network has pledged to offer its users simplified privacy choices. Privacy experts in Canada predict, however, that the site's failure to "honor its commitments" to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) will end in court, The Vancouver Sun reports. The OPC is considering an investigation into Facebook for new violations of Canada's privacy act, the report states. "My guess is by September, we're in Federal Court," said David Fewer of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, "and it's about time, too."
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