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Opinion: While Technology Continues to Evolve, Privacy is Still the Social Norm

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

March 15, 2010

Privacy has not ceased to be the norm, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian writes in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail. Instead, she writes, privacy "is a dynamic that is a complex function based on an individual's needs and choices--choices that must be respected and strongly protected if we are to maintain freedom and liberty in our society." Pointing out that modern technology has transformed the way personal information can be disseminated, she stresses that it should still be up to individuals what they share. "The human condition requires connection: We are social animals who seek contact with each other," she writes. "We also seek privacy: moments of solitude, intimacy, quiet, reserve and control--personal control."
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