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Canadians Question Online Privacy Protection

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

January 26, 2010

A government-sponsored survey indicates that only six percent of Canadians trust social networking sites to protect their personal information, the National Post reports. Avner Levin, director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University, notes that many people have concerns about their personal information, "but it doesn't translate into some kind of action, like, I'm going to stop using this particular Web site or this online service." The survey of 2,200 Canadians found that 74 percent believe the government should regulate how street-level images of residences are used on the Internet. While fewer than 20 percent believe businesses will protect their personal information, results were somewhat better for medical institutions and government agencies at 58 percent and 46 percent, respectively.
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