The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC"), the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, as well as 17 other privacy regulatory authorities from around the world will be participating in the Global Privacy Enforcement Network's first annual international Internet Privacy Sweep.  For a set day during the week of May 6-12, each of the privacy regulatory authorities will designate individuals from their organization to search the Internet to assess privacy issues related to this year's theme, privacy practice transparency.

The OPC has indicated that it will be conducting its search today and will be looking at a few hundred websites, including the top ranked commercial sites most visited by Canadians and the websites of large Canadian businesses in customer-oriented sectors.  As part of their review, the OPC will ask the following questions:

  • Does the site have a privacy policy?
  • How difficult is it to find information about the site's privacy practices?
  • Is contact information for addressing privacy questions and concerns readily available?
  • How readable is the information about privacy practices?

For additional information on the Internet Privacy Sweep, see the OPC News Release and Questions and Answers.