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Privacy on the Internet: a third party wishes to delete its online presence


More than a third of Canadians say they would completely eliminate their internet presence if they could, according to a new poll.

The survey, commissioned by cybersecurity and VPN provider NordVPN, involved 10,800 participants from 11 countries, including 1,000 Canadians. He revealed that 36% of Canadians would “delete” themselves from the internet if they could.

Additionally, 48% of Canadians feel used by companies that collect their data, while 47% fear that someone could possibly hack into their devices.

“While removing yourself from the internet seems like a good idea for those who want their personal information exposed to the wrong entities, you have to wonder if completely wiping the slate clean is even possible in our digitally dominated world,” said NordVPN. digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson in a press release on Tuesday.

Canada was the country with the highest percentage of respondents wanting their financial information deleted. Among Canadian respondents, 60% said they would most like to see their personal financial information erased from the internet, compared to 56% of Australians and 52% of Britons.

Unflattering photos, embarrassing moments, old dating and social media profiles, and employment history are other examples of information Canadians said they want removed.

Last year, a federal judge ruled that Google search results fall under Canada’s privacy laws, a victory for digital privacy campaigners calling on Canada to uphold the ‘right to be forgotten’ . This case involved a man who asked Google to de-index articles that appeared in searches for his name.

NordVPN recommends deleting old or unused social media profiles, or setting them to private. The company also encourages sending deletion requests to web giants, asking them to delete all information they have about you.

“While this doesn’t guarantee they will comply, many will, and it’s a good way to get companies like Facebook to delete any data they still hold about you after you delete your account,” says NordVPN.

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