Stoddart Launches Dating Service InvestigationStoddart Launches Dating Service Investigation
SOCIAL NETWORKINGJuly 2, 2010
Canada's privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into the practices of an online dating service, reports The Vancouver Sun. The investigation follows a complaint filed by a user of the service over the company's use of deactivated user account data. Stoddart says users should protect themselves by checking the privacy policies of such services before signing up, including information on data use and retention. "You put up a lot of very personal information," Stoddart said. David Fewer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, predicts privacy complaints will increase as online dating continues to gain popularity. "There's a lot of them out there," he said.