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Surveillance Use Sparks Concerns

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—CANADA

April 12, 2013

In its most recent blog, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) considers “the prevalence of high-tech surveillance tools in the day-to-day lives of children” in the wake of an investigation into a complaint about a daycare offering webcam monitoring services to parents. “Specifically, we wondered how technical surveillance might affect kids’ feelings about privacy,” the OPC blog states, noting, “Some research suggested that persistent surveillance could even result in children not knowing how to establish their own privacy, or recognize the privacy of others.” The blog points out, however, that the question “is only beginning to be studied.”
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