02/06/2020 13:42 EST | Updated 02/06/2020 14:09 EST

Canada's Privacy Watchdog Asks Court To Declare Facebook Broke Law

The privacy commissioner filed a notice of application on Thursday.

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Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien speaks during a news conference on April 25, 2019 in Ottawa.

OTTAWA The federal privacy czar is asking a judge to declare that Facebook broke Canada’s law governing how the private sector can use personal information.

Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien’s notice of application in the Federal Court of Canada comes after his office found the social-media giant’s lax practices allowed personal data to be used for political purposes.

A 2019 investigation report from Therrien and his British Columbia counterpart cited major shortcomings in Facebook’s procedures and called for stronger laws to protect Canadians.

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The probe followed reports that Facebook let an outside organization use a digital app to access users’ personal information, and that some of the data was then passed to others.

Recipients of the information included the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns.

Facebook disputed the findings of the investigation and refused to implement its recommendations.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 6, 2020.

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