May 1, 2020

OPC provides tips on videoconferencing

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has released a “Privacy Tech-Know” blog post today providing tips for videoconferencing, which many Canadians have been using to stay connected to work and social circles while physically distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In brief, the OPC's tips to consider include:

  • Following the news about your videoconferencing service of choice.
  • Reviewing the service’s privacy policies and terms of use.
  • Using unique passwords.
  • Making each call that deals with sensitive personal information password-protected.
  • Refraining from disclosing personal information.
  • Being aware of who or what is visible on your video.
  • Opening a fresh web browser for the call and closing other applications.
  • Turning off any smart devices in your home that could potentially record your call.

For a complete list of videoconferencing tips and more information, see the OPC’s blog post, Videoconferencing – Maintain your physical distance, but keep your personal information close.

These helpful tips will be discussed on AccessPrivacy’s May Monthly Call, to be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Register here.