When navigating the digital environment, your activities are not entirely private. You leave a digital footprint whenever interacting with websites, performing searches, and interacting with apps. Brush up on your online privacy knowledge, by going through content on this page.
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Privacy is a right of every Ontarian. In Canada, a person's right to privacy has its foundation in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Sections 7 and 8. - Opens in a new window National and provincial privacy legislation support you in making decisions about what information you share, with whom, and for what purpose. This is especially relevant in an online environment, where a tap of a button, or a download of an app could compromise those rights.
You can setup your digital environment to reflect your privacy preferences. Learn more about various options by interacting with information in each tab.
Protecting your privacy when downloading, installing, and interacting with apps is something that you should consider. Explore the world of app permissions by accessing the resources below.
Privacy, security, and your smartphone. Quick tips for keeping your online presence secure. - Opens in a new window
Most browsers have a separate private browsing interface, which does not track information about your online activity. Learn more about the most common browsers' privacy settings by visiting the pages below:
We all have a platform preference. Google, Microsoft, and Apple are examples of a few platforms you may interact with on regular basis. Do you know what privacy options are available within those platforms?
Cloud storage and file sharing solutions revolutionized access, productivity and collaboration. Cloud storage allows for storing and sharing of personal and professional documents, including images and audio visual content. Cloud storage can also have serious implications on privacy. Learn more about them here.
Have you ever stopped to consider why products you searched for on Amazon show up in your Facebook feed, pop up in your Google search results, or on YouTube? Cookies and other online tracking tools enable this to happen. This can feel like a privacy violation. Targeted online advertising relies on data tracking in order to push "relevant" information out to the end user. Don't want your browsing information tracked - access content through a private browsing window (read more in the Privacy Settings > Browsers box above).
Opt out from both Google ads services, and the 2+ million websites and apps that partner with Google to show ads. - Opens in a new window
Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations, and other relevant activity in its products and services. Your profile name and photo may appear with that activity. Opt out! - Opens in a new window
Intimate messages (images, videos) shared privately with another person can become a privacy violation when distributed to others without permission. While non-consensual sharing of intimate images and videos can be linked to cyberbullying, it does have privacy implications. Learn more about sexting and privacy by accessing the information below.