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Privacy Commissioner begins House Rules initiative

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released an interactive tool called "House Rules" that is intended to help parents manage privacy risks associated with the online activities of their children. The tool has been released to coincide with Data Privacy Day. Parents can use the tool to assess how their children interact online through games, mobile applications and social networking sites. It also offers advice parents can customize into a set of rules that can be printed and posted as a reminder of how to protect privacy online.

"We want families to consider their online behaviour and how personal information may be collected, used and disclosed so that children will learn to think twice before sharing any sensitive details," said privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien. "Having a privacy plan setting out the family dos and don'ts can help everyone work together to protect privacy. There are many things you can do. Think twice before handing over your information and ask questions about how it's going to be used. Protect your mobile device with a strong password. Adjust the privacy settings on your social media accounts."

The House Rules tool is located at <https://www.priv.gc.ca/youth-jeunes/t-v/plan/index1_e.asp>.

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