Canada accuses Facebook of breaking privacy laws, promises to take the company to court

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 26/04/2019 19:53

Canadian regulators on Thursday found that Facebook committed “serious” breaches of local laws over its mishandling of users' personal information, announcing they would take the company to court to force it to change its privacy practices.

The new legal salvo from Canada comes after federal authorities and provincial regulators in British Columbia determined that Facebook had in place “superficial” protections for users’ data and failed to keep close watch over third-party apps that accessed that information.

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Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media company to change its practices.

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a data sharing scandal involving Facebook and the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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