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.
There are also two access and privacy laws- Opens in a new window that promote accountability and transparency, and that protect the privacy rights of individuals when dealing with public sector organizations in Ontario: the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act- Opens in a new window, which applies to provincial institutions such as universities, colleges, and hospitals, and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act- Opens in a new window, which applies to municipal institutions such as cities, school boards, and police services.
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 using My Ad Center on Google, you can opt out from getting personalized ads based on tracking. - 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.
While scoring points and unlocking new worlds may be the name of most games, privacy shouldn’t be an afterthought. You should take seriously how information is collected, shared and used by everyone in the gaming ecosystem.
There are many messaging apps out there, such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Signal. These apps all provide different levels of privacy for their users. Compare the different apps to make an informed choice.
Many of us have had the feeling that our phones are listening to our conversations when we see advertisements for things we say out loud. So is it happening? Read the information below for explanations of how our phones collect and use our information, and what we can do to protect our privacy.