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Facebook privacy breach


Queen’s University professor Art Cockfield is available to talk about Facebook admitting today that some apps have been providing personal information to advertisers.

Professor Cockfield, the law department’s former associate dean (academic), is an expert on legal issues on privacy, cyberspace and technology.

“The misuse by Facebook apps of user's personal information is a clear violation of Canadian privacy law. Under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, all businesses operating in Canada, including Facebook, must seek a consumer's consent for the sale of their personal information. By signing onto Facebook, Canadians users did not consent to have their personal information sold by Facebook apps to third party advertisers,” says Professor Cockfield. “Moreover, Facebook, under this same Act, remains accountable for this misuse of personal information: it is no excuse for Facebook to say that it has no control over the information collection practices of its apps.”

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