For Privacy, Devil is in the Default
SOCIAL NETWORKINGJune 4, 2010
In the two years since CIPPIC filed its complaint against Facebook that spurred an investigation by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the social networking site "has done nothing to improve privacy in its default settings," Ian Kerr of the University of Ottawa's Centre for Law, Technology and Society writes in a report featured in the Edmonton Journal. Assessing Facebook's most recent privacy settings, Kerr contends that the focus is on user interface only, with the defaults still set in favor of exposing users' information, stressing that to fix the privacy problem the opposite should be the case. "The devil is in the defaults," he writes, urging Canada's government to enact legal provisions focused on what he calls "privacy by default."