July 17, 2009

Pt 1: Facebook Privacy - Canada's Privacy Commissioner has given the people behind Facebook 30 days to start complying with Canada's privacy laws. About a third of Canadians have a Facebook account where they post pictures and personal information. Yesterday, Jennifer Stoddart outlined a number of ways that she says the ubiquitous social networking website breaches the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

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Pt 2: Free Sammy - Documentary - The towering ambition of Dubai's rulers has transformed the emirate from an outpost to a sprawling, sparkling, larger-than-life metropolis. Dubai is home to some of the world's most extravagant real estate developments, including the world's tallest building and a series of artificial islands being constructed in the Persian Gulf that are intended to replicate the earth's continents.

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It's Friday, July 17th.

The blogger who leaked part of Guns and Roses' last album "Chinese Democracy" has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Currently, Axl Rose has been let off with a warning ... to NEVER, EVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN.

This is The Current.


Facebook Privacy

Canada's Privacy Commissioner has given the people behind Facebook 30 days to start complying with Canada's privacy laws. About a third of Canadians have a Facebook account where they post pictures and personal information. Yesterday, Jennifer Stoddart outlined a number of ways that she says the ubiquitous social networking website breaches the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Jennifer Stoddart has been investigating Facebook for more than a year. She says she'll review Facebook's progress after 30 days. And she has raised the possibility of taking legal action against the company. Jennifer Stoddart was in Ottawa for the show.

In the space of just five years, Facebook has gone from a mere notion to an internet giant valued at 6.5-Billion-dollars according to a stock buy-back agreement this week. Fred Vogelstein has charted the company's progress closely over the years. He's a Contributing Editor with Wired magazine and he was in San Francisco.

Music

Artist: Nina Simone
CD: Anthology
Cut: "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free "
Label: RCA

Free Sammy - Documentary

The towering ambition of Dubai's rulers has transformed the emirate from an outpost to a sprawling, sparkling, larger-than-life metropolis. Dubai is home to some of the world's most extravagant real estate developments, including the world's tallest building and a series of artificial islands being constructed in the Persian Gulf that are intended to replicate the earth's continents.

And since Dubai is a place that doesn't exactly welcome protest, just about the only thing standing in the way of its growth has been the global economic crisis.

This morning, Canadian journalist Andrew Mills brings us the story of a small group of activists who set out to change that - - after Dubai's newest and most lavish hotel caught one of the world's biggest fish and then plunked it in a tank in its lobby. This is freelance contributor Andrew Mills' documentary, Free Sammy. It first aired on The Current in March.

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