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Stoddart: Digital Illiteracy Increases Online Risk

DATA PROTECTION

March 1, 2013

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says Canadians are lacking in digital literacy, putting their personal information at risk, The Canadian Press reports. While Canadians spend an average of 45 hours a month online, many are unaware of cyber risks. “Individuals need the skills to engage in the online world without compromising their own or others’ information,” Stoddart said, adding, “I’m hoping Canadians will become increasingly active on these privacy issues” by taking such steps as reading websites’ privacy policies, installing anti-virus software and rejecting unnecessary cookies.
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