Talk of the Week: Fighting for privacy in the digital world

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      We’ve been told that it’s a lost cause. And if there’s anyone to blame, it is us. For the convenience that the Internet provides, we have paid a dear price: loss of privacy.

      From posting photos of family vacations to online searches, purchases, and other financial transactions, we have been sharing an enormous amount of information about ourselves, with perhaps little care about who gets to see, collect, and use these data.

      As Canada and many countries across the world mark Data Privacy Day on Monday (January 28), we may want to have a better understanding of how our personal data is being gathered and examined, so we can better manage our privacy.

      Because it doesn’t look like we’re about to give up our computers and smart phones and other devices, we might as well learn to protect our personal information.

      In Vancouver, Mike Larsen and Micheal Vonn—cochair of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s criminology department and policy director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, respectively—will lead a discussion about the promotion of privacy in the digital world.

      Titled "Privacy in Peril", the event will be held on January 28 at the Montalbano Family Theatre at the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia Street) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.