As you navigate your online environment you leave a digital footprint when you access websites, perform searches, and interact with apps. Brush up on your online privacy knowledge by going through content on this page.
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There are a number of laws in Canada that relate to privacy rights. The two you should be familiar with are The Privacy Act, - Opens in a new window which instructs government organizations on how to handle your personal information, and PIPEDA, - Opens in a new window which governs how businesses should handle personal information.
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 private browsing mode, a feature which helps minimize the amount of information your browsing activity generates and is potentially shared with third parties. Private browsing does not make you anonymous. 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 platforms you may interact with on a regular basis. Do you know what privacy options they offer?
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).
You can't block online ads completely, but you can opt out from getting personalized ads based on tracking. - Opens in a new window
Prevent Google from using your reviews and recommendations, along with your name and profile photo, in its products and services. 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.