Canadian watchdog to seek court order to force Facebook to follow privacy laws

“Facebook Inc broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices,” Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren reports for Reuters.

“Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a data sharing scandal involving Facebook and the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica,” Scherer and Ljunggren reports. “‘Facebook’s refusal to act responsibly is deeply troubling given the vast amount of sensitive personal information users have entrusted to this company,’ said Therrien.”

“Specifically, the company refused to voluntarily submit to audits of its privacy policies and practices over the next five years, he said,” Scherer and Ljunggren reports. “‘The stark contradiction between Facebook’s public promises to mend its ways on privacy and its refusal to address the serious problems we’ve identified – or even acknowledge that it broke the law – is extremely concerning,’ he added.”

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MacDailyNews Take: And, right after that, Therrien will seek a court order mandating pigs to fly.

We’re 100% in agreement with the sentiment, as we file this one under “Good Luck With That.”


  1. Hey this is Canada where government agencies enjoy both public support and actually sometimes get things done .
    I expect an email from the federal government anytime telling me to close my Facebook account which I already did a year ago .

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