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Facebook facing privacy complaints

Associated Press / January 28, 2010

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TORONTO - Canada’s privacy commissioner is once again reviewing Facebook over the social network’s privacy policies.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada said it is investigating a complaint from a Facebook user over changes the company introduced in December.

The announcement came just five months after Facebook agreed to give users more control over the information they share with outside applications such as quizzes in response to concerns raised by Canadian officials.

The latest complaints stem from changes Facebook made to give users more controls over what information is shared with others, while pushing users to be more open. The complaint alleges that Facebook’s new, default settings made more information exposed than the user intended. Facebook insists those settings were recommendations.

Facebook said it has not seen the complaint but it is confident that its process last month was “consistent with user expectations, and within the law.’’

In the United States, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and nine other organizations have also filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.