July 31, 2021
Canadian government alleges Facebook broke privacy laws

Canadian Government Alleges Facebook Broke Privacy Laws, Plans to Take Company to Federal Court

The Canadian government alleges Facebook broke privacy laws over its Cambridge Analytica scandal and plans to sue the social network in federal court…

Following the news Facebook has put aside billions to pay for fines relating to breaking privacy laws, the Canadian government alleges the social network did violate its laws.

Canadian Government Alleges Facebook Broke Privacy Laws, Plans to Take Company to Federal Court

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, says he plans to take the company to federal court in order to force the organization to change its privacy policies. It’s due to the circumstances of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Therrien and counterpart Michael McEvoy of British Columbia, both allege Facebook broke privacy laws. 

The CBC reports the two allege, “unauthorized access; lack of meaningful consent from ‘friends of friends’; no proper oversight over privacy practices of apps” and “overall lack of responsibility for personal information.”

Although Facebook did acknowledge there was a “major breach of trust,” the company disputes allegations of privacy violations.

Therrien and McEvoy have also called for additional powers to be granted to federal and provincial privacy regulators. Including the “ability to levy meaningful fines.”

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