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The OPC kicks off its Contributions Program

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Here we go again! For the seventh year in a row, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is launching its Contributions Program, which funds data privacy research and public awareness projects.

We’re very proud of the Contributions Program, partly because it’s considered one of the leading programs of its kind in the world. Since 2004, we’ve been using the Program to advance data privacy knowledge by funding major research projects, all of them led by Canadian researchers. And for the past two years, the Program has helped civil society organizations educate a growing number of Canadians about privacy.

We’re once again making $500,000 available to researchers and civil society organizations who want to apply for funding: $50,000 per project and $100,000 per organization. This year we’re especially interested in funding research projects into the impact of technology on privacy, a hot topic if there ever was one! As well, even though we prefer to fund projects that wrap up in the year the funding is provided (in this case, the 2010-11 fiscal year), we’re willing to fund projects that continue into the next fiscal year (projects ending after March 31, 2011).

Well, there you have it! If you are interested in privacy and feel you have a contribution to make (no pun intended) as a researcher or civil society organization, go ahead and apply. The 2010-11 application deadline is February 26, 2010.

For more information or to access our application form, go to our Web site.

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