Federal, B.C. privacy commissioners launch joint probe into Facebook, AggregateIQ
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the federal agency charged with protecting privacy rights of Canadian citizens said on Thursday that it, along with its counterpart in British Columbia, will investigate Facebook Inc and Canadian data firm AggregateIQ.
Both Facebook and AggregateIQ were named in whistleblower Christopher Wylie’s testimony to British lawmakers on personal data that ended up in the hands of political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.
According to a statement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, the investigations will look at whether both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are in compliance with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).
Last month, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada launched an investigation into allegations about unauthorized access and use of Facebook user profiles.
With files from Jessica Vomiero.
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