Will kids ever be safe online?

Organizations can gain respect & public trust by adopting best practices against cyberbullying, Internet abuse and privacy attacks

TORONTO, May 31, 2014 /CNW/ - At the Forum on social media safety hosted by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian and KnowledgeFlow founder Claudiu Popa officially introduced Cybersafety by Design™ (CbD), a free and open, authoritative platform for building safe sites, responsible initiatives and trustworthy technologies without hidden features and dark pattern techniques.

CbD's 7 simple principles of online safety are designed to elegantly control and minimize the threat of cyberbullying, online abuse and privacy breaches:

  1. Anticipate and Defuse Online Threats
  2. Cybersafety by Default
  3. Integrity Embedded into Design
  4. Functional Experiences Optimized for Cybersafety
  5. Clarity and Simplicity in Execution
  6. Vigilance & Awareness, not Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt
  7. Protect Free, Responsible Expression

"Adopting these principles across Canada is the smartest way for government agencies and companies designing products, websites, mobile technologies and programs to consistently ensure that rich functionality can coexist with protective safeguards" said Claudiu Popa, a certified privacy and security professional. "Apply the principles, document your work and contact us to feature your project. Your group or organization may qualify to become a Cybersafety Champion!"

Commissioner Cavoukian, a KnowledgeFlow Champion and Cybersafety by Design™ advisor, warned that a climate where surveillance and warrantless access can represent as much of an invasion of privacy as the Internet's malicious trolls. And now Canadians are faced with the spectre of potentially invasive legislation and aggressive new oversight.

Designed to act as a springboard towards effective protection for caring educators, savvy software developers, concerned parents and law enforcement, the foundational CbD document is freely downloadable from the Commissioner's website or from the shortcut: http://popa.ca/CbDPrinciples. CbD training and educational workshops are available from KnowledgeFlow.ca.

About the Company:

The KnowledgeFlow Educational Foundation is Canada's first cyber safety initiative built on a solid backbone of professional expertise in security and privacy.

Its mission: "to shatter the comfort of those who shamefully hide behind electronic veils of secrecy and anonymity to exploit children, prey upon the weak and strike fear into our families; and to accomplish these goals without introducing fear, uncertainty and doubt".

Parent firm Informatica is Canada's leading provider of security testing and privacy reviews.

Informatica is a recognized Privacy by Design Ambassador by Ontario's Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and member of Canada's largest-ever pro-privacy coalition with OpenMedia.ca.

SOURCE Informatica Corporation - Information Security Management

For further information:

Claudiu Popa, Founder, KnowledgeFlow
email: CbD@KnowledgeFlow.ca
www.KnowledgeFlow.ca  

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