03/01/2012 12:06 EST | Updated 05/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Nexopia Privacy: Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's Privacy Czar, Says Social Networking Site For Youth Violates Law

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OTTAWA - Canada's privacy czar says a popular social networking site for young people breached federal privacy law.

Jennifer Stoddart's office makes two dozen recommendations aimed at providing users of Nexopia with more control over their personal information.

Edmonton-based Nexopia, founded in 2003, claims over 1.6 million registered users, about half of them from Alberta and British Columbia.

Stoddart found the company has inappropriate default privacy settings and keeps personal information indefinitely — even after users delete their account.

She says Nexopia has agreed to implement most of her recommendations, but some important issues remain.

The investigation marks the privacy commissioner's first probe of a social networking site aimed specifically at youth.

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