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Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada launches 2009 National Youth Video Competition

Ottawa, May 29, 2009 – The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is proudly launching its second annual My Privacy & Me national video competition, which encourages youth ages 12 to 18 to produce video public service announcements that explore the importance of privacy.

Canadian youth are among the most wired in the world, but many of them have no idea how the messages and pictures they post today can affect them years into the future. The goal of the My Privacy & Me video competition is to encourage young people to learn how to build a secure online identity so they don’t expose personal information about themselves that they will regret later.

“Social networking is a regular part of life for young people today and they often don’t think about the consequences of disclosing personal information online,” says Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. “Our video contest gives them the opportunity to express their ideas and, we hope, also causes them to think about what they are posting so they are making informed decisions when they are having fun online.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner was very impressed with the incredible response from the first contest. In total, seven finalists were chosen from an impressive number of entries. You can watch the seven videos (including the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners) on youthprivacy.ca, the Office’s youth Web site. They can also be viewed on the Office’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/privacycomm).

The Office is looking forward to the same success this year. More detailed information about the My Privacy & Me national video competition can be found at youthprivacy.ca. Videos must be submitted before Friday, December 11, 2009.

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Media contact:

Colin McKay
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: (613) 947-7226
E-mail: cmckay@privcom.gc.ca

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