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It’s Data Privacy Day 2010: Are you taking the proper steps to ensure that your personal information is safe?

On Data Privacy 2010 we’d like to take a moment to remind everyone that is the responsibility of both individuals and companies to make sure that personal information is safe.

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Give your loved ones a little Privacy this holiday

Do your loved ones have toys on their wish lists this holiday? A stuffed animal for a little one… a cell phone or a camera for a teen? These days, these toys and gadgets are more than they used to be. Just a few years ago a stuffed animal was something to cuddle with and a phone was, well, just a phone! Now, many stuffed animals come with codes that allow kids to register them online so that they can play games, feed and care for them, and even chat and play with other kids. And many cellphones are phones, computers and cameras, all in one.

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Protecting personal information online – do young people get it?

Our Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart is worried that maybe they don’t. After conducting an investigation into Facebook’s privacy policies, we’re now turning our attention to youth as the school year gets underway. Because while they may be savvy about using social media, many of them still may not know how to create a secure online identity.

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We’re launching our 2009 My Privacy & Me Video Contest!

We have exciting news that we hope you will share with your children, students, neighbours – whoever! We’re launching our 2009 My Privacy & Me National Video Competition for youth! Again, we’re asking 12- to 18-year-olds to create their own public service announcements on the issue of privacy. The videos should between 60 and 120 seconds long, and speak to other young people about how important privacy is. They can record the videos, animate them – present them however they like. And as long as the focus is on some aspect of personal privacy they can make it about whatever they want.

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