Today Is D-Day For Facebook In Canada [UPDATED]

You might recall that I wrote about Facebook running afoul of the Canadian Privacy Comissioner a while ago. Well, today is the deadline for Facebook to make Canada’s Privacy Comissioner happy. If they don’t, all sorts of bad things will happen to them:

And if Jennifer Stoddart, Canada’s privacy commissioner, isn’t satisfied with Facebook’s final response Monday, she has two weeks to take the California-based company to Federal Court in Ottawa to try and get a court order requiring it to change its business practices to comply with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the country’s private-sector privacy law.

Facebook does have a lot to lose here. Just under a third of Canadians use Facebook. In round numbers, that’s about 10.6 million users as of 2008. Not only is that the highest user base outside the USA, but that’s a lot of advertising dollars. So there’s a lot at stake here.

Stay tuned, this is going to get interesting.

UPDATE: It looks like Facebook and the Privacy Comissioner have decided to play nice.

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