NDP MPs ask Canada's watchdog to make sure Facebook is safeguarding Canadians' private data

Posted In: News Date:Mar 20th, 2018

Three federal NDP MPs are asking Canada's privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook amid concerns the social media giant is not properly securing the private data of Canadians.

On Monday, NDP MPs Charlie Angus, Matthew Dubé and Brian Masse wrote to Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in the wake of media reports alleging massive privacy breaches at Facebook.

"Over the weekend, the troubling news emerged that Cambridge Analytica, a firm owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and linked to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, was able to access tens of millions of Facebook users' private data without their consent for use in psychographic modelling for political purposes," the letter said.

"The reaction of Facebook's executives to this enormous breach of its users' privacy has been incredibly cavalier."