Privacy Commissioner details ‘web leakage’ research, but declines to name sites found in violation

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The Office of Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has declined to name 11 Canadian websites found to be leaking personal information to third parties without the knowledge of users, but revealed in a blog post that privacy practices had improved after being notified of the government’s concerns.

A study found that user names, email addresses, location data and other identifying information were being sent to advertisers and analytics companies – in some cases, unbeknownst to the websites themselves.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart had previously warned that those who failed to cooperate with her office would risk public exposure. However, the post reads, “all of the organizations cooperated with our Office and we were able to resolve our concerns in each and every case.”

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