#CyberFLASH: Privacy Commissioner questions how Apple and Google respect Canadians


The office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its 2013 report examining how more than 2,000 websites and mobile apps release information regarding their privacy practices. The study was conducted with the participation of 19 different privacy enforcement authorities.

Mixed results seem to be the big take away from the Privacy Commissioner’s research. According to the report, some large websites have no privacy policies in place at all, while others keep privacy policies hidden, making it very difficult for the average user to find them.

“In today’s digital marketplace, websites and apps regularly collect a wide range of personal information — everything from a person’s location and online activities to their personal preferences and credit card information,” said Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien in a release.

When an issue was identified, the OPC notified the organization of their concerns. Forty websites and apps have already agreed to comply with the OPC’s suggested changes to their privacy practices, which means the Privacy Commission won’t need to move forward with a formal investigation focused on those organizations.

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