Canadian Commissioner takes data collection probe to public

Canada’s privacy commissioner is launching a series of public consultations to investigate online data collection through social networking and consumer profiling.

Jennifer Stoddart will examine the privacy risks associated with the online tracking, profiling and targeting of consumers in the lead-up to a review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Canadians are among the world’s most prolific Internet and social networking users and Stoddart’s office says there’s concern that personal information is being abused.

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Canada’s Privacy commission probing Facebook again 

Canada’s privacy commission is again investigating Facebook after receiving a new complaint from the public regarding how the website handles users’ data.

The complaint addresses a tool implemented by the social-networking site in mid-December that allegedly makes users’ information more readily available than before. New default settings, which users were asked to review at the time, have actually taken a step backward, the complaint said.

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