Canadians’ cyber illiteracy puts us at risk of being scammed: privacy commissioner

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OTTAWA — Despite topping the list as the heaviest Internet users worldwide, Canadians are surprisingly lacking in digital literacy — and that’s putting their personal information at risk, says Canada’s privacy watchdog.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart told an audience of tech industry experts on Thursday that Canadians spend an average of 45 hours a month online, making them leaders in worldwide Internet usage, but too many web surfers are unaware their voracious cyber appetites could expose themselves and others to unscrupulous fellow users.

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