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The Buzz surrounding privacy law

2010-03-19

Queen’s University Law Professor Arthur Cockfield is available to discuss concerns that the Google Buzz and other social networking sites may violate Canadian privacy laws.
“Social networking sites like Facebook make their money by selling the personal information about their subscribers to other companies,” says Professor Cockfield.  “At times, these transfers of personal information appear to violate Canadian privacy laws. Unlike other countries, our federal privacy commissioner has been proactively engaged to ensure that Facebook, Google and other websites respect the privacy rights and interests of Canadians. It is an ongoing battle.”
Professor Cockfield has published a variety of books and articles, including many on technology, privacy and taxation law. He is a recipient of multiple Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants, and was involved in the Globalization of Personal Data project.
To arrange an interview, please contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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