Updated with additional comment from Facebook: Facebook, as expected, will implement changes to its privacy policies within the next year in order to comply with Canadian law, the country’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, confirmed this morning. The changes — which will be applied across the social networking site — include making its user deactivation process more transparent as well as giving users more control over what personal information third-party application developers have access to.
When a user tries to deactivate their account, Facebook will now make clear how that differs from deleting it, which removes all personal information from the company’s servers. And users will now be able to select what category of information they want to share with third-party application developers; they will also be able to follow a link to an app developer’s site that further explains how their personal information is being used, said Assistant Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.
Facebook will submit reports throughout the year updating the privacy commissioner about its progress implementing the privacy changes. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner will also be able to test out Facebook’s new privacy model to ensure it complies with Canadian law before signing off on the changes.
Stoddart said another major social network has contacted her office to review its privacy polices, but she declined to name the company. One-third of the Canadian population is on Facebook.