Canada Face­book is­sues said re­solved

Los Angeles Times - - Company Town - Jes­sica Guynn Re­port­ing From San Fran­cisco jes­sica.guynn@latimes.com

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.

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