Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate

National launch of children's online privacy discussion paper (09/11/19)

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Nov. 19, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - An online discussion paper, There Ought to be a Law: Protecting Children's Online Privacy in the 21st century, is being launched nationally by the Online Children's Privacy Working Group.

"While the Internet has brought great advances in how we interact with the outside world, we need to be mindful of how these advances impact children," said Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard. "Not enough is being done to protect children from Internet-based exploitation, including commercial websites that target children and the disturbing explosion of online child pornography."

The document is being released officially today, the International Conference on Child Rights in Ottawa. The launch coincides with National Child Day, Nov. 20, which also marks the 20th anniversary of Canada's signing of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"Given that the Internet does not have any boundaries, I am pleased to see the national launch of the discussion paper take place at an international conference on children's rights," Richard said.

The Children's Online Privacy Working Group is comprised of Canadian federal, provincial and territorial child and youth advocates and privacy commissioners. The working group first convened in January 2009 to discuss the harms that children may face online, including exploitative marketing practices, cyber-bullying through social networking sites, and child sexual exploitation including child pornography.

The working group collaborated to produce the discussion paper, which calls for a number of law reform proposals to better protect children's privacy online.

The discussion paper is available on the Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate website. Copies are also available at the Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate, 548 York St., Fredericton.


MEDIA CONTACT: Bernard Richard, Office of the Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate, 506-453-2789 or 1-888-465-1100,