Investigation of Facebook, Inc. by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Do you have a Facebook account? If yes then you might be interested in the following Report of Findings.

Joint investigation of Facebook, Inc. by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia.

Click on this link to visit the Official website of the Office Of The Privacy Commissioner of Canada to read the Report of Findings.

The following is from the Official Report of Findings:
Report of findings
PIPEDA Report of Findings #2019-002

April 25, 2019

In March 2018, in response to a complaint, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) commenced an investigation into Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) relating to its compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) in the wake of revelations about Facebook’s disclosure of the personal information of certain of its users to a third-party application (the “TYDL App”)—information that was later used by third-parties for targeted political messaging. In April 2018, the OPC was joined by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC BC”) and the investigation continued as a joint investigation.Footnote 1

Our investigation focused on three general areas of concern under PIPEDA and the Personal Information Protection Act (British Columbia) (“PIPA”): (i) consent of users, both those who installed an app and their friends, whose information was disclosed by Facebook to apps, and in particular to the TYDL App; (ii) safeguards against unauthorized access, use and disclosure by apps; and (iii) accountability for the information under Facebook’s control.


Posted by Vincent Banial