Privacy Commissioner finds 11 breaches of online privacy

by Andrew Roach on June 12, 2013

With all the commotion surrounding the use of online privacy in recent weeks, it has meant that the government have put pressure on companies accused of breaching privacy regulations.

In their latest investigation, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has found that 11 Canadian companies have been discovered passing on private information to external sources without their customer’s permission.

Despite numerous companies being found guilty, the office has kept their identities hidden as the matters had been dealt with internally.

The news comes as Jennifer Stoddart has called for stricter privacy laws to be introduced as digital technology continues to evolve year after year.

The Privacy Commissioner’s report focused on a batch of 25 companies who all had large databases which could have potential use to advertisers or other data firms.

However, there were 11 companies who were found to breach current online privacy matters with 6 companies having serious flaws in the way they handled their data.

Their investigation found that numerous details had been given to third parties including names, emails, mobile numbers and addresses.

Most of the time, the information was passed onto third party advertisers or analytical firm looking to gain information from online sources.

Despite the breaches, it has been revealed that those at fault have improved their security measures considerably over the last few months and have boosted awareness over the need to maintain privacy at all times.

To try and deter future breaches, the privacy watchdog has threatened to publicly name and shame any firm who fail to co-operate with the office in improving their standards and plugging any leaks.

At the moment, a new document aiming to guide companies on how to effectively keep their data secure online is current being compiled although it won’t be ready until at least fall this year.

Following on from the online privacy data problems that have dominated the headlines over the past few days, it will come as a relief to consumers to see that the Canadian government is doing everything they can to protect any information or data that is stored on the web.

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