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Opinion: Prime Minister’s Privacy Policy Needs Rewrite

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 3, 2012

In the Ottawa Citizen, Michael Geist writes about the apparent inaccuracies of the prime minister’s website privacy policy. Though the site’s privacy policy states it does “not regularly use cookies,” Geist states it inserts five—including one that remains on a user’s computer for six months and another for two years. Since the site uses cookies, “the policies are inaccurate and should obviously be replaced,” Geist writes, adding, three lessons can be learned: Sample privacy policies “often create problems” because sites use data in different ways; sites should regularly reassess their privacy policies, and the government should consider a do-not-track option.
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