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May 25, 2017

Data protection authorities around the globe launch fifth Internet Privacy Sweep

Privacy enforcement authorities from around the world are participating in the fifth annual international Internet Privacy Sweep this week.

The Sweep is an initiative of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, which connects privacy enforcement authorities to promote and support cooperation in cross-border enforcement of laws protecting privacy.

This year, 28 privacy enforcement authorities are participating in the Sweep. The theme for the 2017 Privacy Sweep is “User controls over personal information.”

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office (IPC) will be participating in a joint Sweep that will examine privacy issues related to educational applications targeted at children and youth from kindergarten to grade 12.

Participants in the joint OPC-IPC Sweep will look at privacy policies of apps and platforms; how much personal information is being collected; and what controls are in place to protect personal information.

See also: Blog post from the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office

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