Facebook Places now live in Canada

Facebook Places launched a little over a month ago in the United States, but now the expanding service has finally made it's way to the great white north. Canada is the fourth country to have Facebook Places enabled, along with Japan and UK, who received the update just last week.

Facebook Places allows you to ‘check-in' to places, using the Facebook application on the iPhone or the touch mobile based version of the site. The feature allows you to share your location with your Facebook friends, including who you are currently hanging out with. The optional feature gives you information about other friends who have checked-in, allowing you to see where people have been, who is around you and if anyone has been here before.

Facebook Places has raised some privacy concerns with the press and government officials, including Canada. Last year, Facebook and the Canadian Privacy Commission stated that Facebook infringes on Canadian privacy laws, forcing Facebook to update its privacy policy.

You can protect your privacy on Facebook by going into your Privacy menu, clicking customize settings and setting “Places I check in to” to only me, then disable “Include me in ‘People Here Now' after I check in.”

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for desktop facebook users who dont want to see constant streams of location check-ins in their fb newstream, you might like to check out a cool filtering application called FB Purity, it lets you hide check-in messages along with a whole host of other junk type messages, including games/quizzes and applications, messages telling you who just joined a group or became friends with someone or who likes something etc etc

you can get it here: http://www.fbpurity.com

This is fine with me. I only have close friends and family on my friends lists, so I wouldn't be letting a bunch of people I barley know; know where I am.

This seems pretty cool but I don't know if I'd use it because of that fact that if you're letting people know you're not home, your home is open for any visitors.

dogmai said,
This seems pretty cool but I don't know if I'd use it because of that fact that if you're letting people know you're not home, your home is open for any visitors.

This idea seems to always pop up. Shouldn't the people on your "friends" list already know where you live and have been to your house several times? Ok i understand people use it to catch up with old friends that they haven't seen in a while so therefore those people are on your friends lists too but still, this isn't myspace people! Stop adding random people to your list trying to win a popularity contest or something.