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Commissioner Discusses Privacy Policy Concerns

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 30, 2013

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart discusses the recent global privacy sweep of more than 2,000 online privacy policies and other issues in advance of the end of her tenure as commissioner this December in this interview with Yahoo Finance. When it comes to determining whether a company has appropriate privacy safeguards in place, Stoddart notes, “If the ordinary person can't understand clearly what kind of personal information the company is taking from you; if they can't read, reasonably easily, the privacy policy; if they can't find information on the site about privacy practices; if they have further questions and there's no place to contact the company, I think they should be wary...If you can't understand the privacy policy, I'd say that's a bad sign. A very bad sign.”
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