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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What’s your comfort level online?

A recent UK study on social networks found that many users aren’t that concerned about posting personal information online because the whole point of social network sites is to share details about yourself so you can link up with other people and communicate. This point of view is not surprising because it’s human nature to focus on the benefits and not think through all the possible consequences. Also, people’s comfort level online is directly related to assumptions they make about risk.

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Privacy Issues Discussed At MESH

Some of us from the Office attended the MESH Conference in Toronto last month, jumping at the chance to hear a number of thought leaders and innovators in media, technology and society. Privacy, data protection and reputation management were subjects discussed in several of the sessions, but two video clips are available that demonstrate how online users can have wildly different approaches to privacy and the protection of personal information.

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