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Commissioner: Facebook not complying with the Privacy Act

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook is not complying with the Privacy Act.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook is not complying with the Act. Photo: RNZ

He said Facebook refused to give a complainant access to personal information held on the accounts of several other users.

The company told the commission the Privacy Act did not apply to it, and did not have to comply with the Commissioner's request to review the information requested by the complainant.

However, the Commissioner found Facebook was subject to the Privacy Act and had fundamentally failed to engage with the Act.

He found Facebook did not comply with the Privacy Act as it failed to properly respond to the complainant's request for information, acknowledge it was subject to the Privacy Act and cooperate with the Commissioner's investigation and statutory demand for information.

RNZ has contact Facebook for comment.


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