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Facebook Privacy Report

2010-03-19

On Thursday, Canada's privacy commissioner unveiled the results of a 14-month investigation into Facebook's privacy policies. Queen’s University PhD candidate Dan Trottier, who specializes in surveillance and social media, is available to comment on the investigation and its ramifications for the social media giant.
“Although the privacy commissioner's report on Facebook provides a comprehensive account of information breaches and other vulnerabilities, its key findings echo what many users have long suspected,” he says. “They know that the privacy settings are unwieldy, that many third-party applications are a thinly veiled attempt to acquire information, and that a permanent removal from Facebook is near impossible. Yet their inability and unwillingness to do anything about these conditions speaks to the importance and timeliness of the report. I suspect Facebook will be reluctant to comply with the report, given how the recommendations fly in the face of Facebook's status as a global information broker.”
The study is available at http://www.priv.gc.ca/media/nr-c/2009/nr-c_090716_e.cfm
To arrange an interview with Dan Trottier please contact Stephanie Earp at 613-533-6000 ext. 79173, stephanie.earp@queensu.ca or Jeff Drake at 613-533-2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca, Queen’s News and Media Services
 

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