Some of Canada’s most-visited Web sites operated by large corporations are giving away user information – without their consent or knowledge – to third party advertisers, the Privacy Commissioner reports.
Jennifer Stoddart and her federal office have concluded an investigation spurred by other international studies that found similar results and selected 25 popular Canadian Web sites. It found six sites that “raised significant privacy concerns,” and five sites that “raised questions about Web site practices,” according to the commissioner’s office. But Canadians won’t be learning the names of those leaking their personal details. There were 14 sites that did not appear to be leaking personal information.