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2011-12 Contributions Program privacy research and awareness projects announced

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Our Office has just announced this year’s recipients of our Contributions Program, which funds data privacy research and public awareness projects.

This year, OPC will be providing $350,000 to eight initiatives. These projects focus on the Office’s four key privacy priority areas: public safety, identity integrity and protection, information technology and genetic privacy. A number of the projects also focus on a key demographic for the Office – youth. Funded projects include:

  • The creation of a cross-media game that will use physical and digital spaces to teach Canadian children about privacy
  • Privacy education through workshops for the ethno-cultural Francophone community in Toronto
  • A study of how private security firms operate re-deployable surveillance camera systems, focusing on the interaction between private sector data gatherers and law enforcement authorities.

The full list of successful recipients and brief descriptions of their projects are available here.

Created in 2004, the OPC’s Contributions Program is considered one of the foremost privacy research funding programs in the world. Through this program, our Office has allocated over $2.5 million to more than 70 privacy research and awareness initiatives in Canada.

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