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Is Social Media Hijacking Our Privacy? June 19

June 19, 2014

Last month, the B.C Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit launched by a Vancouver woman who claims that Facebook violates user privacy by featuring users in advertising products without user permission. Christopher Rhone is the lawyer representing this case, and he argues that “when [their] names and portraits are being taken, and put into advertisements for the gain of the company, that’s just wrong”.

Christopher Rhone is a partner with Branch MacMaster LLP. He argues that no one should be able to use your name and online activity to endorse a product without permission, claiming that it violates B.C’s Privacy Act. Facebook is denying this breach, stating that all people using its service had to register as members and accept its terms of use as set out in what it calls a “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”.

Is social media hijacking our privacy? Or is it the user’s responsibility to understand terms of use? What security precautions do you take when using social media? Is online privacy a concern to you in day-to-day life? Christopher Rhone will start the conversation. Then it’s your turn! We invite your opinions, questions and comments. Feel free to bring your lunch.

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1600

Cost: Free

For more information on this event, please visit the SFU Public Square City Conversations website.