Facebook tackles after-death policy
Facebook is expected to announce a new policy on how it handles profiles of deceased users in the next week, a spokeswoman for Canada's privacy commissioner says.
This week, the social networking site has been reminding members about a service that memorializes profiles of deceased users at the request of friends and family members.
But Facebook has yet to adopt privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart's recommendation for more disclosure about what happens to users' personal information when they die.
In August, Stoddart's office released a report expressing concerns about how the social networking site deals with users' personal information.
Stoddart wants to ensure that users realize their personal information could remain online, even after death. Facebook will take down an account if requested by a deceased user's family or friends.
Memorializing a profile changes privacy settings so no further status updates can be made, contact information is hidden and only confirmed friends can access the profile.
Facebook has more than 300 million active users worldwide, including about 12 million in Canada.