The Canadian Press reports:
Canada’s privacy commissioner is launching a series of public consultations to investigate online data collection through social networking and consumer profiling.
Jennifer Stoddart is examining the privacy risks associated with the online tracking, profiling and targeting of consumers, in the lead up to a review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.
A future consultation will also examine the privacy implications of “cloud computing,” which stores users’ data online rather than on personal computers. Examples include Google’s popular Gmail service and its suite of Google Docs applications — including a word processor and spreadsheet maker — which work entirely online.