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Video contest lets youth express ideas about privacy

Privacy Commissioner launches 2011-2012 My Privacy & Me National Video Contest for young Canadians

Ottawa, September 26, 2011 —If young people today enjoy grooming their online identities and networking with friends, are they necessarily trading their privacy for the chance to stay connected?

In a bid to hear from them, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is launching its fourth annual My Privacy & Me National Video Contest. The contest invites students aged 12 to 18 to produce video public service announcements on the privacy issues associated with social networking, mobile devices, online gaming or cyber-security.

“Young Canadians are in constant contact with others,” said Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart. “They’re talking, texting, tweeting, trading images and playing online games. Does this mean they don’t care about privacy? We think they do—and we want them to show us how.”

The video contest gives youth an opportunity to think about privacy in the context of this year’s four themes. By exploring these issues and expressing their ideas through a popular visual medium, the Office also hopes that students will become more informed users of technology.

Videos must be between 60 and 120 seconds in length. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at noon ET.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected for each of the four themes and prizes will be awarded. Winning videos from previous years can be viewed at or on the Office’s YouTube channel at

Complete contest details can be found at under mycontest.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is mandated by Parliament to act as an ombudsman and guardian of privacy in Canada. The Commissioner enforces two federal laws for the protection of personal information: the Privacy Act, which applies to the federal public sector; and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which applies to commercial activities in the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia each has its own law covering the private sector. Even in these provinces, PIPEDA continues to apply to the federally regulated private sector and to personal information in interprovincial and international transactions.

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For more information about the contest, please contact:

Hailey Khan
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: 613-943-0025

Media contact:

Anne-Marie Hayden
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Tel: 613-995-0103

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