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They are able to serve more functions that
used to be carried out by several different
gadgets. As a result, we’re seeing
a concentration of personal information
in tiny instruments that are easily lost
or stolen – a self-evident privacy risk.
Moreover, with many employees carrying
around smart phones from work, there
is a heightened threat to the security of
personal information held in corporate
or government records.
Data is also converging in other ways: for
example, on a single online platform such as
Facebook, or a single service provider, such as
Google. In such an environment, the capacity
of users to control their personal information
is dwindling.
What’s more, as technology becomes ‘smarter’
and more user-friendly, it tends to fade into
the background. That’s pleasant for users, but it
also makes it harder to know that their personal
information is being collected and used.
Indeed, between global positioning systems
(GPS), radio frequency identification (RFID)
technologies, online tracking software that
can analyze search histories and equipment
that can read biometric indicators, the average
person is unwittingly emitting vast amounts
of personal information.
What we achieved
Given the dazzling scope of technology-related
issues, we recognized the importance of
building knowledge.
by the numbers
A survey conducted for our Office in 2012 found that
three in four Canadians overall—and 92 percent of young
people—carry mobile devices such as cell phones, smart
phones or tablets.
However, only
56 percent lock it
with a password,
and even fewer adjust the settings of the device or its
apps to restrict the amount of personal information that
gets shared with others.
Survey of Canadians on Privacy-Related Issues
Final Report, Prepared for the Office of the Privacy
Commissioner of Canada by Phoenix SPI 22013
3 in 4
carry mobile
devices
56%
lock them
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