Protecting your Privacy Online

Tips for protecting privacy while surfing the web, using email or social networking

Source: Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

The online world offers tremendous convenience, but also carries risks for privacy. Your clicks and website visits leave data trails that may be of great interest to businesses for marketing and other purposes. And every time you post a thought or photo, it can live on in cyberspace forever—even if you think you’ve deleted it. Criminals also have sophisticated ways to access your financial and other sensitive personal information.

While organizations that collect and use your information have a responsibility to protect it, there are measures you can take to protect yourself from identity fraud or the misuse of your information, or to ensure that your privacy is respected in the way you would want.

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