Privacy Rights Mobilization Among Marginal Groups in Canada: Fulfilling the Mandate of PIPEDA

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York Centre for Public Policy & Law




This research project is designed to further our understanding of how individuals from certain marginal groups in Canada understand their right to privacy, the legislative protections that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is mandated to fulfill, and how these understandings affect privacy rights mobilization. The context for this research is provided by the increasing regulatory engagement of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner with invasions of privacy in the private sector involving new digital technology, new information technology, and the evolving digital economy in Canada. The results of this research project have been divided into four chapters. The first three chapters are all authored by Professor Lesley Jacobs. The first chapter develops the broad theoretical framework that underpins it, that is to say, the concept of legal consciousness and rights mobilization, and relates it to the legislative mandate of the OPC. The second chapter reports research results pertaining to Canadian youth and privacy issues that arise in their engagement with social networking such as Facebook. The third chapter reports research results pertaining to recent immigrants and their experiences with privacy concerns in electronic financial transactions. The fourth chapter, authored by Professors Barbara Crow and Kim Sawchuk, focuses on Senior Citizens in Canada and their experiences with invasions of privacy involving cell phones and other forms of communication devices.

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OPC Funded Project

This project received funding support through the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program. The opinions expressed in the summary and report(s) are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Summaries have been provided by the project authors. Please note that the projects appear in their language of origin.

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