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Time Inconsistency, Behavioural Economics and Privacy

A question that occupies a lot of our time in the office is why, despite growing research that clearly shows that privacy is important to Canadians, do many of us give out our personal information to anyone who asks? While we know privacy is important to people, they still trade personal information for just about anything – from a “free” service to a chance to win something. Why does what we say is important to us often not translate to our observable behaviour? Where does this disconnect happen?

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Check out the seven finalist videos from our youth video contest!

The deadline has passed, the videos are in and we have seven finalist videos from our 2008 My Privacy & Me National Video Competition for young people. Watch these videos and you’ll see how young people took our instructions to heart. These videos cover a wide-range of privacy topics and can easily be used as public service announcements. They communicate many different privacy messages and were shot in a variety of formats, from claymation to animation to staged skits. Most importantly, each video conveys the importance of personal privacy.

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