Jan 192010
 January 19, 2010  Posted by  Featured News, Non-U.S., Online, Youth & Schools

Michael Oliveira reports:

Canada’s privacy commissioner should investigate how a youth-oriented social networking site uses the personal information of its members, an Ottawa-based consumer advocacy group said Tuesday.

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has filed a complaint with Jennifer Stoddart about Nexopia’s alleged “unnecessary and non-consensual use and disclosure of personal information.”

Nexopia boasts that it has more than 1.4 million users, most of them living in Western Canada, and has become “the place to be for teens looking to express themselves to the world.” It hosts user profiles, blogs and forums and has attracted controversy for giving teens a venue to talk about risque topics like drugs and sex.

Police have said that sexual predators have used Nexopia to search for young victims.

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