Canada: Facebook violates privacy laws

Canada's privacy commission has published a report claiming that Facebook is breaching Canadian law by holding on to users' personal information indefinitely.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says Facebook should hang on to the data only for as long as necessary according to the BBC .

More than 250 million people use Facebook and approximately 12 million in Canada alone access the popular social networking site.

The report concluded that Facebook's privacy policies are often confusing or incomplete. When users "deactivate" their account Facebook keeps their personal information so that they can easily re-enable the account at a later date. This policy breached Canada's privacy laws according to Stoddart.

Under Canadian law, Stoddart can take the case to a federal court to force new solutions in place. It's not yet clear whether Stoddart is planning to take action.

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