Deaf Perspectives on Identity Theft and Privacy project
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Canadian Association of the Deaf
The objectives of the Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) with this project were:
- to offer education on identity theft, fraud, scams and privacy issues to Deaf, Deafened and Hard of Hearing communities and;
- to educate various stakeholders (e.g. police, banks, Internet service providers) on accessibility issues in regard to Deaf individuals.
The CAD held a one-day national workshop with Deaf leaders from across Canada and invited agencies such as the RCMP, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Office of Consumer Protection to make presentations on issues concerning identity theft and related frauds, and at the same time have an opportunity to hear issues that Deaf individuals are facing in order to protect themselves or report crimes. At the end of the conference, Deaf leaders went home to set-up similar meetings/workshops in 12 cities across Canada within 6 months following the conference.
These locals workshops were considered a great success as the CAD realized that many Deaf individuals were not familiar with issues concerning privacy, identity theft, and scams due to a lack of access to information that makes them vulnerable to such crimes.
The CAD also successfully established rapports with banks and law enforcement agencies to improve access to information and services for Deaf individuals. It was an excellent start to the dialogue. The CAD is encouraging local leaders to continue to work with the local agencies and businesses to establish improved accessibility for Deaf individuals.
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English and French only
OPC Funded Project
This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program.
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