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Morning Brew: June 2, 2008

Posted by Sisi / June 2, 2008

20080602_dancedance.jpgPhoto: "DANCE DANCE," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Coreyu.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, June 2nd, 2008:

According to alt media class, Facebook still has your information even if you delete your account. If I remember correctly, the only way to bury that info is to send the company a cease and desist letter. Now, Facebook is under investigation by Canada's privacy commissioner to determine whether it's breaking the law by passing on private data to advertisers "without securing meaningful consent." Filed Friday by law students, the complaint alleges 21 other violations under Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). In a statement, California-based Facebook replied that users "willingly" share their info, and that the complaint "ignores key elements of Facebook's privacy policy and architecture.'' Privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has up to a year to investigate and render a decision. At 7 million, Canada has the highest proportion of Facebook users in the world.

As of Saturday, Quebec and Ontario join a growing number of jurisdictions in banning the display of cigarettes at dépanneurs and corner stores. Large arrangements of cigarettes known as "power walls" must now be hidden from view. Many store owners reorganized their shelves way ahead of the deadline, but aren't happy about the new regulation. A Kingston, Ont. shopkeeper points out that some will have to turn their backs to the customers in order to reach for a pack of cigarettes. This could present an opportunity for them to shoot, stab, or at least steal something. Dépanneurs could face a $250 fine for displaying cigarettes; in extreme cases, that fine could climb to $4,000 for a first offence. (Although the article doesn't explain what an "extreme case" is. A cigarette wallpaper?)

News Bytes:

Nothing to cluck about: KFC Canada promises to treat its chickens better in exchange for an end to a 5-year boycott campaign by animal-rights activists.

Fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent dies at 71, passing on to the great couture house in the sky.

A Montreal family is desperately looking for their father, who has been missing since Monday afternoon and needs medication to survive.

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