Facebook case may impact similar sites, expert says

Privacy advocates are expecting social networking sites to be moremindful of the use of personal information now that Facebook has tobetter protect its Canadian users or face possible legal action.

Privacy advocates are expecting social networking sites to be more mindful of the use of personal information now that Facebook has to better protect its Canadian users or face possible legal action.

“Facebook is under the microscope,” David Fewer of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic said.

But MySpace, networking tool Linkedin and Micro blogging site Twitter should all take a look at the implications, said Fewer, whose clinic brought the complaint to the privacy watchdog.

Canada’s federal privacy commissioner has said Facebook breaches the country’s privacy law by keeping users’ personal information indefinitely — even after some members close their accounts.

The privacy issue shouldn’t be considered as unique to Canada, said Fewer, acting director of the clinic based at the University of Ottawa.

“It can’t be business as usual for social networking after this because business as usual was kind of a wild west approach to privacy,” he said.

 
 
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