Websites, e-mail, social networking and discussion groups are a great way to keep in touch, share ideas, buy and sell things, and conduct business.
But it’s important to remember that even with the toughest privacy settings, your online activities are never entirely private. Your clicks and website visits leave data trails, leaving a “digital footprint” that reveals a lot about who you are, what you do, and what you like and dislike. Individuals and organizations can then use this information—in ways that you may or may not like.
You may also be interested in information on our Digital devices topic page.
We also have a number of resources about online privacy designed for kids, which can be found in our Privacy education for kids section.
Read answers to frequently asked questions about protecting privacy while online.
Learn how to protect your personal information and digital tools from threats related to spam.
General information on internet threats including spam and how you can protect yourself.
Read tips for individuals on how to reduce the risks of identity theft when online.
Learn about four common ways personal information gets hijacked online, and what you can do to protect it.
Get information and advice on how to protect your personal information while playing online.
Find information about behavioural advertising for individuals and businesses.
Find information about cookies, the privacy challenges they present and what individuals can do about them.
Find information for individuals and businesses about privacy and social networking.
Find information for individuals about privacy issues related to street-level imaging.
Learn about privacy issues related to cloud computing and find guidance for businesses considering the use of cloud computing services.
Learn how to prevent it, protect yourself against it, and report it.
Find tips for protecting your personal information when downloading and using mobile apps.
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