Facebook complies with Canadian privacy commissioner

by Robert Janelle

With the deadline up for Facebook to comply with Canadian privacy law, the social networking site announced today that they will offer more transparency and better privacy controls for users.

Specific changes include an update to the privacy policy to clarify the distinction between account deactivation and deletion as well as clearly explanations of how the site's advertising works.

Facebook is also tackling the complaint about third-party applications that access user data.

The will launch a new "permissions model," that will allow users to specify exactly which pieces of information a third-party application can access and whether or not it can gain access to their friends' data, though that information will still be subject to those friends own privacy settings, according to the press release.

More information about how these changes will affect third-party developers can be found on the Facebook developers blog.

These announced changes will be implemented over the next 12 months, according to the company.

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Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle

Robert Janelle is a freelance technology journalist living in the National Capital Region. He's spent time covering the Ottawa start-up scene as a columnist and feature writer with his work in National Capital Scan, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Sun, Kingston Whig-Standard and The Escapist. He also suffers from a mild addiction to video games. more

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