Privacy Commissioner Launches Privacy Mobile Application

Via Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada 

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) today launched myPRIVACYapp, a mobile application designed to educate users on how to better protect personal information on their mobile devices.

Mobile devices such as smart phones, laptops and tablets have rapidly become part of daily life. And while these tools offer tremendous convenience and keep us connected, they can hold massive amounts of our personal information.

The myPRIVACYapp is free and available for download on Apple, Android and Blackberry devices.

This is a nice effort on the part of the privacy commissioner to address the need for education when it comes to privacy and our mobile devices. It is extremely basic though as the following screenshots will show:

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Notye: the app is made for mobile phones so when you are in the app store, make sure you are looking in the iphone section not the iPad section- it won’t show up if you do.

Still, in terms of educating our young ones, this would be an excellent app to use in terms of getting them to take some basic, practical steps in thinking about their privacy.

Oh and they also sent me a graphic novel about privacy- come check it out! And they have a video which pretty much sums up what we have been talking about in terms of mindful use of technology:

All this Privacy commissioner stuff is making me think it is time to revisit this issue with our students. Although I know they’ve heard it before (I know because I told them) I think it is like telling your kids they need to clean their room- repetition is key to success…

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