OTTAWA — Canada’s privacy watchdog says Internet phenomenon Facebook breaches the law by keeping users’ personal information indefinitely — even after members close their accounts.
Jennifer Stoddart says the popular social networking site should hang on to the data only for as long as truly necessary.
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In a report today, Stoddart urges Facebook to remedy the problem, one of several serious privacy gaps she discovered.
She launched a probe of Facebook in response to a complaint last year from the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic.
The clinic, based at the University of Ottawa’s law faculty, alleged numerous violations by the high-profile site.
Facebook has nearly 12 million Canadian members, placing it among the largest pool of users in the world.