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Glitch Highlights Need for Apps To Comply

SOCIAL NETWORKING

October 22, 2010

A report that some of Facebook's most popular applications have been transmitting user information to Web tracking companies has privacy advocates and legislators sounding an alarm. U.S. legislators have sent a letter to the company seeking more information, and Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) said the discovery highlights the need for applications to comply with federal privacy law. "If applications covered by (privacy law) are disclosing personal information without consent, that's a significant concern to our office," the OPC said in a statement. Facebook issued a statement that there is "no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected," but it has since released plans to introduce "new technical systems that will dramatically limit the sharing of user IDs."
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