Canada Facebook issues said resolved
Canada’s privacy commissioner said Wednesday that Facebook has resolved concerns she raised a year ago over third-party access to the social networking service’s users.
Jennifer Stoddart said in a statement that changes Facebook put in place met privacy expectations under Canadian law.
Before the changes, users who wanted to play games or access third-party applications had to make all of their information available.
In May, Facebook changed its policy, requiring applications to tell users what parts of their profile the applications want to access and to get permission to access them.
Facebook also changed its privacy settings to give users more control over what information they share and with whom.
“We’re also pleased that Facebook has developed simplified privacy settings and has implemented a tool that allows users to apply a privacy setting to each photo or comment they post,” Stoddart said.
But Stoddart said her agency was looking into other complaints, including Facebook’s invitation feature and the “Like” buttons on other websites that tell users’ Facebook friends what they like there.
Stoddart also said she has asked Facebook to “continue to improve its oversight of application developers” and cautioned the company against making more types of information available to everyone on the Internet without giving its users control over that information through its privacy settings.