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February 16, 2011

Winners of Third National Youth Privacy Video Competition Announced

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced today the winners of the third annual My Privacy & Me national video competition, which encourages youth aged 12 to 18 to produce public service announcements that explore the importance of privacy.

Participants in Encounters with Canada, a national youth forum that brings together teens from across Canada for weeklong adventures in learning and discovery, selected the winners from among nine finalists in four categories. The categories were Surveillance; Targeted Advertising; Online Scams; and Online Reputation.

The top video artist in the Surveillance category was:

Natalie Westrup, of Osgoode Township High School, Metcalfe, Ont., with a video titled “Permanent Storage”. She wins an iPad.

The top video artists in the Targeted Advertising category were:

Lesia Karalash, Tyler Lafferty and Chelsea Deptuch, of Evan Hardy Collegiate, Saskatoon, Sask., with a video titled “Targeted”. They each win an iPad.

The three top video artists in the Online Scams category were:

1st place: Kelsey Moretto, of Osgoode Township High School, Metcalfe Ont, with a video titled “Online Scams”. She wins an iPad.

2nd place: Elad Cohen, of The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy, Toronto, Ont, with a video titled “Be Careful With Your Credit Card”. He wins a $200 gift card.

3rd place: Bryn Sielski and Jesse Tangen, of F.R. Haythorne Jr. High School, Sherwood Park, Alta., with a video titled “Something Smells Phishy in Your E-mail.” They each win a $100 gift card.

The three top video artists in the Online Reputation category were:

1st place: Terran Tasci, Erica Thumm and Myesha Geoffrion, of Chatelech Secondary School, Sechelt, BC, with a video titled “How Well Do You Know Me?” They each win an iPad.

2nd place: Ben Chinapen, of SDSS Comtech Club, Port Elgin, Ont, with a video titled “The Interview”.

3rd place: Kristal Barakat and Maryrose Chahine, of Hillcrest High School, Ottawa, Ont., with a video titled “Jpgs Don’t Die”.

Four teachers were also recognized for their enthusiastic participation in the contest. They were:

  • Crystal Getschel, F.R. Haythorne Junior High, Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  • Majed Mattar, Osgoode Township High School, Metcalfe, Ontario.
  • Prof. Kaduri, The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Stephen Willcock, Canterbury High School, Ottawa, Ontario.

Each teacher will receive a $250 gift certificate at Indigo Books and Music.

The videos will be posted to www.youthprivacy.ca, the youth website of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. They can also be viewed on the Office’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/privacycomm).

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner was pleased with the number and quality of submissions received in the third year of the competition, and looks forward to continuing this initiative in 2011.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada.

Contact:

Daphne Guerrero
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: 613-943-0025
E-mail: Daphne.Guerrero@priv.gc.ca

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