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Social Network Launches Location Feature

GEO PRIVACY

October 1, 2010

CBC reports on Facebook's launch of its Places feature, which allows users to share location information with their friends using the GPS on their smartphones. The feature comes with a variety of privacy setting options, the report states, and, as with photos on the site, users may "tag" their friends' locations, though there is an option for friends to disallow the location tagging feature. Facebook briefed the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) on Places before its release last week, the report states. "Obviously, we wouldn't have any complaints about it at this stage, so I don't think I can say whether it complies with federal privacy law or not," said Anne-Marie Hayden of the OPC, who noted that geolocation is "something we are very interested in, obviously, because there are obvious privacy issues."
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