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How Much Privacy Can Users Expect?

ONLINE PRIVACY

February 8, 2013

CBC News reports on experts’ assertions that even by limiting the amount of personal information one discloses, online privacy is no longer a realistic expectation. That’s because of advances in technology that make it increasingly easy to aggregate information, and there’s a “tremendous financial incentive for organizations to do this,” one expert says, adding that “it’s done so unobtrusively, so you can’t really tell what data is being accessed by whom and what they’re doing with it.” A spokesman for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says because the Privacy Act hasn’t been amended in more than 30 years, citizens “have little mechanism for redress when things go wrong.”
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