Whenever you visit a website you leave a digital trail. Advertisers and marketing companies often collect your personal information using bits of code called "cookies." Then they use your personal information to build a profile of you in order to display ads targeted to what they think your interests are. You can control this activity to some extent by managing your cookie settings in your browser. See our new fact sheet on Targeted Advertising and
Throughout the week of February 6th, 2017, National Public Radio has been running a series called "The Privacy Paradox." The paradox is this: if we care so much about protecting our personal information, why do we keep giving it away so readily?
A new fact sheet from Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner outlines the privacy issues with regards to big data. Find it here: https://www.ipc.on.ca/resource/big-data-and-your-privacy-rights/.
You may also be interested in viewing the IPC's Privacy Day event on the same topic: https://www.ipc.on.ca/event/data-privacy-day/.
CBC's Marketplace recently aired a fascinating look into the world of free apps and the potential threat they pose to your privacy. Check out the episode here: http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/episodes/2016-2017/apps
Today the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario issued new guidance on using email for communicating personal health information. The fact sheet emphasizes the importance of encryption both for communicating amongst health information custodians and also between custodians and patients. For more information, click the link below.
Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has issued new guidance on the use of personal email and instant messaging for business purposes. Arising from a recent order to the City of Oshawa regarding a Councillor's use of personal email for public business, the guidance is intended to alert public institutions to the fact that email and text m
Revised Records Management Policy approved
The Vice-Principals' Operations Committee has approved a revised Records Management Policy. The main changes to the policy are the following:
1. Responsibility for records management has shifted from the University Archives to the Office of the University Secretary and Legal Counsel.
An article in University Affairs gives a good example of why preserving universities' organizational history is important. See the story here: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/on-the-record-the-importance-of-universities-organizational-histories/
Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Brian Beamish, will be at Queen's University on Wednesday, May 4th, from 9 to 11 a.m. The Commissioner and other leaders from the IPC will update the community on access and privacy issues in the public and health care sectors. For more information, and to RSVP, see the link below.
We've been making a lot of changes to our website. In November 2015, responsibility for records management was moved to the Privacy Office and so we're now called the Records Management and Privacy Office. Much of the information you used to find on the University Archives website you'll now find here. In addition, we've updated a lot of our Fact Sheets and added new ones. Check out the Guidance page for Fact Sheets on access to information, p