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Federal Gov’t Restricts Its Online Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW

March 15, 2013

The government has issued new rules governing how it collects data generated from user visits to federal websites, the Canadian Press reports. The rules, however, do not cover data made available from social media sites set up by individual departments. “Canadians live in a world of data,” said the Treasury Board’s privacy assessment. “Many individuals do not realize how much information about them is collected by websites and used as a corporate asset.” In highlighting the difference between public- and private-sector data collection, Centre for Information Policy Leadership President Martin Abrams said, “The private sector doesn’t have the power to put people in jail; the private sector doesn’t have the ability to cut off people’s benefits.”
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