Ian Grant reports:
The Canadian International Development Research Centre has awarded a $1m contract to UK-based civil rights campaign group Privacy International to set up an Asian privacy network.
Announcing the deal at Privacy International’s 20th anniversary celebration in London, executive director Simon Davies said the network would include Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It would monitor threats to citizens privacy and try to raise awareness of the need for privacy in an increasingly digital world, he said.
The deal follows a report on privacy in Asia that Privacy International produced last November. It found “a mounting level of concern about telemarketing, the abuse of databases and financial information, identity fraud, and other privacy-related issues”.
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