Privacy Commissioner offers $50,000 to fund privacy research projects

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is offering up to $50,000 for year-long projects that will advance privacy knowledge in one year, the office announced yesterday.

Looking for proposals that specifically deal with Canada’s private-sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the commissioner has also identified four priority areas. They are identity integrity and privacy, IT and privacy, genetic information and privacy, and public safety and privacy. A single organization that may submit multiple projects can receive up to $100,000 in funding.

Last year’s funded projects included the Media Awareness Networks look at young Canadians in a wired world. Continuing on from a project that began in 2000, it tracked and investigated the behaviours and attitudes of Canadian children and youth in respect to their use of the Internet. A national in-class survey was conducted among 6,000 students ages 9 to 17. A final report was issued on the research.

Atmostphere Industries received funding to create a game to teach online privacy skills.

Another project that received $50,000 in funding was conducted by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. It looked at how a smart card roll out in the province impacted citizen’s privacy. It did a technical review of the frameworks associated with several identity cards issued by private sector card issuers.

Funding for the next round of projects will be provided from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Interested applicants have until Nov. 30 to submit a proposal.

Source | Privacy Commissioner of Canada

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