Thursday, July 16, 2009

Surprise! Surprise! Facebook is not private!

Facebook shares personal information with developers who create games and quizzes in a way that breaches Canadian privacy law, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has found.

The popular social networking site, which is used by 12 million Canadians, doesn't have enough safeguards to prevent those third-party developers from getting unauthorized access to users' personal information, says the report released Thursday by assistant privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

According to the report, Facebook does not ensure that users have given "meaningful consent" to allow their personal information to be disclosed to the developers.

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