TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The past few years saw a marked increase in privacy and security breaches, cyberbullying and online abuses due in part to the pervasive use of social media and smartphones. To bring consistency to local and national efforts by educators, parents, developers and law enforcement, a set of Fundamendal Cybersafety Principles is now available from the Office Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner website.
Created by KnowledgeFlow.ca, Cybersafety by Design (CbD) is a long-awaited blueprint to online safety from an authoritative source. It seeks to directly support the protection of Canadian youth by addressing gaps in the recently proposed Canadian Data Privacy Act and controversial Bill C-13 (Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act).
According to Industry Minister James Moore, "it only takes one horrible experience" to cause lasting damage and damage trust. As a platform for responsible use of digital connectivity, CbD offers the tools to build better online applications and foster safer social experiences.
Cybersafety by Design Principles are based on the privacy standard introduced by Ontario's Privacy Commissioner, Dr.Ann Cavoukian: "Now, more than ever, we must join together to protect the essential need for privacy in all of our communications – citizens and politicians, privacy experts and security officials, consumers and business leaders – everyone must join in this exercise."
Addressing website developers, school program administrators, community support officers and parent councils, "the CbD framework document includes checklists and guidance to get you started right away" said KnowledgeFlow founder Claudiu Popa, author of two books on digital privacy. "By applying CbD Principles, everyone has a chance to positively impact the safety and comfort of Internet users, reversing the negative trend that has been eroding public trust".
The foundational document is freely downloadable from http://popa.ca/CbDPrinciples
About the Company:
KnowledgeFlow.ca is Canada's only cybersafety education initiative built on a solid backbone of professional expertise in security and privacy. Parent firm Informatica is Canada's leading provider of standardized information risk assessments and audits.
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
For further information: For further comment: Claudiu Popa, CEO, Informatica Corporation, email: CbD@KnowledgeFlow.ca, www.PrivacyandSecurity.ca/verify, Twitter:@notonMYinternet, 1 Yonge St. Toronto, Canada, 416-431-9012