Do-it-yourself privacy statement

OECD Observer

If you’ve ever hesitated to provide personal or financial information over the Internet, you will know why online privacy is such a hot topic today. Companies and organisations currently grappling with how to provide a secure online environment can assess their privacy policy – or build one – with the new OECD “do-it-yourself” privacy statement.

The online programme guides users through a series of questions about their current privacy practices. The system will post a warning if an answer is inconsistent with the OECD Privacy Guidelines or other recognised regional or national privacy rights. For example, the system would red flag areas collecting “sensitive” information, such as religion, health, sex life and political affiliation.

All OECD governments have endorsed the Privacy Generator, which was developed in conjunction with industry, privacy experts and consumer organisations. The programme is currently available in English, and will soon come out in French. Other OECD countries are translating the programme into their native languages and can customise elements to conform to their national policies. 

©OECD Observer November 2000 

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