One small step?

As a perfect timely follow up to my Tuesday post, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner finally called out Facebook today. Apparently not only does Facebook own the information you have up now, but any past information. It also keeps your information even after you close your account. This violates Canadian privacy laws, and likely privacy laws around the world.

Just like we always thought, our information isn’t safe on Facebook. Even when it’s no longer on Facebook. (Eeek. Does that mean Facebook remembers that I listed AFI as one of my favourite bands on my first profile?)

The first time I ever really realized the danger of Facebook was when I was working for the newspaper. We needed photos of three students who had been killed in a car crash that morning. So, we went on their Facebook pages. Because any picture they post up there is public domain and we could print it without reservation. I think this is a gross invasion of people’s privacy.

Canada is the first country to take a stand against Facebook.

So what’s the solution? 1) Facebook can stop operating in Canada, and thus alienate over 12 millions users and all of their Canadian advertisers. Not to mention the people around the world who (hopefully) would leave Facebook in solidarity. 2) Facebook can face the charges in federal court. They can pay the fine and move on. But this leaves a huge, indelible black mark on their record. Or 3) Facebook can actually do something about it.

It’s my opinion that even if Facebook remedies this complaint and deletes old information, they still have a long way to go.


  • By Lisa, July 17, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    Wow, that’s so crazy. Makes me realllllly worried about my online privacy. Hopefully this small step will lead to some serious changes w/ Facebook’s policy!

  • By Lea, July 18, 2009 @ 5:20 am

    Does that mean Facebook remembers that I listed AFI as one of my favourite bands on my first profile?

    Dude. You totally have it coming.

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