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Commissioner: Websites Inappropriately Sharing Users' Personal Information

ONLINE PRIVACY—CANADA

September 26, 2012

A report by Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner says some leading Canadian websites are inappropriately sharing users’ personal information with third parties, reports the Canadian Press. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart investigated 25 shopping, travel and media sites and found information—including names, e-mail addresses and postal codes—was being collected without consent. Stoddart has written to 11 of the sites, seeking explanations on how changes will be made to comply with Canadian privacy law, the report states. “Our research serves as a wake-up call to all online services to ensure they are complying with Canadian law—and respecting the privacy rights of people who use their sites,” Stoddart said.
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