This summer, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) conducted research to determine the degree of disclosure of a website user’s personal information to third parties without proper knowledge or consent. Last month, the OPC issued a press release stating that the research identified significant privacy concerns with approximately 1 in 4 of the sites tested. The sample size was relatively small (25 websites); however, the sites were described as sophisticated and popular sites targeted to Canadians and operated by large organizations. It was noted that in some cases, the websites did not appear to comply with their own privacy policies.
More information regarding the “web leakage” research project is available here.