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Chris Parsons - Our Access My Info tool puts the power in your hands

Citizen Lab’s Dr. Chris Parsons is one of Canada’s top experts on privacy issues. Here at OpenMedia.ca, we’re proud to be working with Chris, Citizen Lab, and the Digital Stewardship Initiative on our

Citizen Lab’s Dr. Chris Parsons is one of Canada’s top experts on privacy issues. Here at OpenMedia.ca, we’re proud to be working with Chris, Citizen Lab, and the Digital Stewardship Initiative on our Access My Info tool which launched this morning.

Our easy-to-use new tool greatly simplifies the process of learning more about the information your telecom collects about us. It empowers Canadians to find out what their telecom is storing about them, as well as whether your private information has been warrantlessly disclosed to government authorities in the past.

Under Canadian privacy legislation, we all have a legal right to request this information. But, until now, drafting the formal request has been quite complex. Our new tool is incredibly straightforward - just enter a few basic details and it will automatically create a formal letter that compels your telecom provider to explain what it collects, why, and with whom your private data has been shared.

Learn more by reading Dr Chris Parsons’ expert analysis below, and make sure you take part in this groundbreaking initiative today at https://OpenMedia.ca/MyInfo

Article by Dr Chris Parsons for the Digital Stewardship Initiative website

Using Canadian commercial privacy legislation, PIPEDA, Canadians can learn what information their telecommunications companies hold about them, for how long, for what purposes, and when they disclose that information. In effect, the law empowers Canadians to understand how telecom companies manage the personal information entrusted to them and then make informed decisions about whether they want to maintain that commercial relationship.

However, enforcing these rights can be challenging. In recent months, organizations such as the Citizen Lab have worked to help Canadians more easily send letters that compel service providers to disclose the information that they retain about individuals. Other initiatives, such as the Canadian Access to Social Media Information (CATSMI) project, have helped Canadians file similar requests to major social media companies.

Both the Citizen Lab’s and CATSMI project’s efforts, however, required individuals to copy, paste, and manually complete the letters requesting personal information. A new tool that the Citizen Lab has created in collaboration with the Digital Stewardship Initiative, Access My Info (AMI), makes it easier for Canadians to quickly file requests to Canadian data operators, with telecommunications service providers being the initial supported category of operator.

Read more at the Digital Stewardship Initiative

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