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OPC Survey and Demise of Data Farm Deal Highlight Privacy Issues

SOCIAL NETWORKING—CANADA

May 7, 2013

Winnipeg Free Press reports on the end of a deal that would have resulted in a Facebook “data farm…full of high-powered servers necessary to store information from billions of users worldwide” being built in Manitoba. Facebook considered the province due to such factors as land prices and renewable energy but ultimately “cited concerns about Canadian privacy laws in making its decision to pull out of Manitoba,” the report states. In other news, an Office of the Privacy Commissioner survey indicates, “Privacy concerns are driving Canadians away from smartphone apps and online services,” SC Magazine reports.
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