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Commissioner: Site "Deceptive" About Its Purpose

SOCIAL NETWORKING—QUEENSLAND

September 23, 2010

ITNews reports on Queensland Privacy Commissioner Linda Matthews' recent criticism of the social networking site Facebook for promoting itself as a community where users can share and connect with others when its real goal is financial gain. "There's nothing wrong with making money; what's wrong is that it deceives potential users about that," she said, adding, "There's a big difference between choosing to share your personal information to make friends, and sharing your personal information to make someone lots of money." Speaking at an event with Matthews, Goethe University Prof. Kai Rannenberg suggested personal information is an asset and improved privacy standards are needed, while former Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton, CIPP, noted the linked elements of control, trust, risk and accountability when it comes to privacy.
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