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Canada a world leader in privacy protection, but slipping

Briefs | 01/03/2008 1:40 pm EST

The US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International have released the 2007 International Privacy Ranking and Canada is once again near the top of the list. Using the survey's grading system, Canada scored a 2.9, tying it with Romania and Hungary and trailing only Greece's 3.1. The grading system takes into account criteria such as data-sharing, privacy enforcement, visual surveillance, communication data retention and government access to data. However, compared to last year Canada slipped two ranking levels from "significant protection of safeguards" to "some safeguards but weakened protections," which constitutes an "alarming rate of fall in protections" according to the study. The summary on Canada noted that "video surveillance is spreading despite guidelines from privacy commissioners" and  "[Canada] continues to threaten new policy on online surveillance."

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