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Commissioner's Facebook Report Coming Soon

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

August 25, 2010

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart will soon issue her assessment of whether Facebook has come into compliance with Canadian privacy law, the Leader-Post reports. "We are currently reviewing their commitments, the changes they've made in response to our findings, and we are still in discussions, but we hope to be in a position to be able to communicate publicly on this matter sometime in the near future," said Anne-Marie Hayden of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC). Meanwhile, BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who played a key role in the OPC's prior Facebook investigation, has spoken in support of stronger OPC powers to address social networks and geolocation technologies. If Stoddart's forthcoming Facebook review is negative, her office can open a fresh investigation or move to seek a binding order in federal court, the report states.
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