Social Media Club Vancouver

Social Media Club Vancouver

September 30, 2010 13:36 ET

Social Media Club Vancouver Tackles Internet Privacy October 7th: Who Should You Trust with Your Data?

Chris Parsons to Lead Discussion on Online Privacy Policies and Ethics - and Why We Should Care

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2010) - The Internet has us hooked. We're shopping, banking, gaming, and dating online and sharing our lives on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. And increasingly, we have no choice but to share our personal information. Like it or not, that means we have to trust online businesses to protect our data.

But are we happy about that? According to online privacy expert Chris Parsons, not really.

"Research suggests that we all care deeply about our privacy and dislike and distrust online surveillance, especially where we communicate and play," Parsons said. "All those privacy statements and policies we're bombarded with every day seem unapproachable, awkward, and obtuse. And are online businesses actually acting ethically and within the boundaries of a seemingly ever-changing law?"

The Social Media Club Vancouver is hosting Parsons at its next event, Thursday, October 7th from 6-9pm at the St. Regis Hotel Bar and Grill, 602 Dunsmuir Street at Seymour. He'll lead a discussion on the issue from both the point of view of businesses that need to collect information, and individuals who want to protect their privacy.

"Online privacy touches and affects all of us," said Social Media Club Vancouver president Lorraine Murphy. "We're very excited to welcome Chris to our October event. It's going to be a fascinating, and contentious, evening."

Pre-registered guests pay $15 and save $5. Cost is $20 at the door. To register now, visit

About Chris Parsons
Christopher Parsons is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, a member of the New Transparency Project, and lead researcher of Deep Packet Inspection Canada. He is interested in how privacy is affected by digitally mediated surveillance, and the implications this has in contemporary Western political systems. His research currently focuses on the technologies facilitating digitally mediated surveillance, such as deep packet inspection, behavioural advertising, and radio frequency identification.

About Social Media Club Vancouver
Launched in January 2010, Social Media Club Vancouver (SMCYVR) is a chapter of Social Media Club, a worldwide trade organization focusing on social media in business. Anyone is able to join Social Media Club, and we welcome volunteers to help with our organization and events. For more information, visit,, or follow us on Twitter at @SMCYVR.

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