With new technologies emerging all the time, it can be hard to stay in the loop in terms of privacy. Many applications and websites have privacy settings, but using them might not always be straightforward or obvious (or even seem to matter), especially to youth. That’s why the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is proud to be a sponsor of the Youth Privacy Online Conference in Toronto, held on Wednesday, December 1st.
Social networking websites, as well as a variety of interactive applications on the internet, are a facet of daily life for today’s youth. Along with these new technologies comes the risk that many people using and interacting with the platforms do not understand how to ensure the safety of their personal information, or even of their person. This can result in such things such as identity theft, luring, and loss of employment, among a range of other consequences.
The conference will feature speakers from Canada, the US, and the UK. It will be a forum for discussion, debate and inquiry that will focus on different approaches to protecting children’s privacy online. With the amount of time they spend on the web, youth privacy is a very prevalent subject in the media. This conference will be useful for people working with youth and give them a general idea of how to protect their privacy.
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