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      Google and Canpages Proving to Protect Canadian Privacy

      Feb 08, 2011
      Concerned that companies are not thinking enough about privacy when they develop new technologies, a Canadian House of Commons committee examined efforts by Google and Canpages to build online maps using pictures of streets and homes. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, parliamentarians have said they are satisfied with Google and feel the privacy of Canadians is being protected by the online Google Maps application.

      Concerned that companies are not thinking enough about privacy when they develop new technologies, a Canadian House of Commons committee examined efforts by Google and Canpages to build online maps using pictures of streets and homes. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, parliamentarians have said they are satisfied with Google and feel the privacy of Canadians is being protected by the online Google Maps application.

      The Winnipeg Free Press article noted that the committee reviewed concerns raised by Google’s accidental collection of information from unsecured wireless networks while getting images of homes and streets. The committee reported it feels cautiously optimistic that Google is taking privacy issues more seriously now because it had acted on two recommendations Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart had made: 1) to appoint a privacy director and 2) to introduce privacy training to its employees.

      According to the article, the committee felt comfortable with both Google’s and Canpages’ policies to notify people when their cameras are out recording information for their map applications and to blur indentifying information.

      Stoddart had said she would consider the privacy concerns a closed matter if Google complied with all of her recommendations by February 1. The committee is waiting to hear from Google to see if, in fact, it has complied.

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