Jennifer Stoddart, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, has released her annual report on privacy as related to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). In the report, Stoddart highlighted that youth privacy issues “have emerged as a significant concern.”
Today’s youth have an unprecedented ability to communicate. This first wave of what some have called the “Facebook generation” has latched onto the online world to stay in touch with friends – sharing new YouTube videos and the latest hit songs, making plans to hang out, and talking about what’s happening in their lives. […]
All of that online communication creates a permanent record – and that could carry risks to their privacy and to their reputations. Not just today, but perhaps even more in the future.
Teenagers are expected to make mistakes – it’s a natural part of growing up.
The fact that electronic records of many of the mistakes of today’s youth will persist for decades to come is cause for deep concern.
Indeed, a host of perils threaten the privacy and personal information of children and youth – one of the reasons that we have made them a key focus of this report. […]
And there’s another good reason why our efforts to protect the personal information of children and youth warrant their own chapter. They constitute an important example of where my Office is providing leadership on a priority privacy issue.