Canada May Drag Facebook to Court Over Its 'Disregard' for User Security

Canada May Drag Facebook to Court Over Its 'Disregard' for User Security

Approximately 300,000 Facebook users included the program, causing the disclosure of the personal data of approximately 87 million others, including over 600,000 Canadians, " the report said. When asked by authorities to submit the audits, Facebook refused, despite already complying with the US data privacy concerns.

"The update also clarifies that apps may not ask for data that doesn't enrich the in-app, user experience", wrote Eddie O'Neil, director of product management at Facebook, in a blog post.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey's analysts find Facebook stock "compelling" due to its attractive valuation and advertisers and users' apparent disregard for the negative publicity around he company's data privacy and regulation.

An investigation into the company was launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. In fact, the data Kogan collected was shared with Cambridge Analytica, a company co-owned by former U.S. President Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon.


Facebook said in a statement that it had engaged "in many months of good-faith co-operation and lengthy negotiations" with the commissioner's office and is disappointed that the matter is going to court instead of "continuing collaborative discussions". The quiz on Facebook invited users to find out their personality type. Various sources reported that the company abuse data privacy standards and disclose the data of around 87 million people, and almost 600,000 Canadians.

The FTC's investigation and anticipated sanction against Facebook has put a spotlight on the agency's role as an enforcer of privacy protections.

As according to its curated income report, Facebook declared that the company had set $3 billion apart in expectation of the settlement with the FTC, who actually propelled scrutiny into Facebook's privacy policy after the case of highly sensitive Cambridge Analytica scandal.

McEvoy said Canada needs legislation allowing regulators to bring companies into line with the law where need be.


The Office of the Privacy Commissioner was admittedly slow to recognize that the effectiveness of the law depends upon serious enforcement.

The joint report of the two privacy commissioners finds major shortcomings in Facebook's practices, highlighting a need for legislative reform to protect Canadians. Canadian federal authorities and regulators said Facebook had on "superficial" protection for users' data and failed to keep close watch over third-party apps that accessed information.

Consumer advocates are skeptical that the FTC, which would levy the multibillion-dollar fine, could compel Facebook to make meaningful changes in the way it handles consumer data.


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