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Canadian Privacy Commissioner rules public profiles are private

On 12 June 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (‘OPC’)1 released its report2 into Profile Technology Ltd.’s (‘Profile Technology’) use of ‘publicly available’ Facebook profiles. The OPC concluded that Profile Technology had not obtained the necessary consents from individuals whose Facebook profiles it was collecting for the purposes of establishing its own social networking website. Imran Ahmad, Katherine Barbacki and Alexia Magneron, of Miller Thomson LLP, discuss the importance of the case, which sheds light on what limits may be imposed by Canadian privacy regulators on the use of personal information which may be made available public from time-to-time on social networking platforms.

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