It can be argued that Internet privacy is the biggest civil-rights battleground in the modern era.
The Internet has allowed for unprecedented connectivity between people and communities but over time the anonymity once enjoyed by everyone has been eroded away. Corporations and government interference have become all too common.
Thus, we decided to create this website and help spread awareness so that Canadians could take charge of their own privacy and anonymity while on the web.
At the end of the day, our website would be worth anything if it wasn’t beneficial for our readers. This is the guiding star that drives every decision we make and what affects all that we do, from the thoroughness of our reviews to the depth of our testing process.
We try to remain on target and ethical with everything we attempt by sticking to a few guiding principles. These are:
- Informative and truthful research: this principle ensures that all the research we bring to the table is accurate to the best of our ability. It’s all too easy for people to create misinformation on the Internet these days, and we want to combat that by providing an alternative example.
- Honest information provision: while we strive to be accurate, we also want to be honest. Many people have already seen the perils of misrepresenting data and statistics in order to fit a preconceived agenda. We provide the facts as they are and, while we do provide an opinion on many of the things we discuss, we won’t tell you what to think or mislead you in order to bring you around to our opinions.
- Honest monetizing: While Privacy Canada is monetized to some extent, we don’t want to intrude on your business or become annoying through incessant advertisements. That’s why all of the money we make is produced through honest and fair efforts which you can read about below.
- Community building: Remember, we built this website to bring Canadians together under a unifying umbrella of increased privacy information and security. To that end, we strive to create an atmosphere where people can discuss their differences and debate without feeling attacked or misrepresented.
While we do make money on this site, it’s not our primary objective so we eschew some traditional but irritating means of making coin. So how do we make money?
The most common method (and the majority of the profits from this website) is through earning minor commissions whenever someone buys or signs up for the products or services that we review. For instance, if we put together an excellent review on a particular VPN service that we really liked for our experience and you decide to sign up for that VPN, we’ll get a small piece of the pie.
However, these gains are not monetarily significant enough to warrant us deliberately trying to make every VPN service sound like the ideal product. This means you can trust us when we say that a VPN or similar anonymity tool is worth your time and money. We won’t hesitate to tell you when you should stay away.
So, where do the profits go? Those commissions we earn go back to funding our research, testing new products, and paying our staff, so we can always stay on top of the latest trends. That way, we are able to provide you with fresh and valuable news and information.
I’m Ludovic. I’m a Canadian that put this site together in order to help my countrymen and women better grasp and navigate the complex world of cybersecurity. The truth is, most people don’t understand Internet privacy or anonymity and so don’t realize how many of those securities are eroding away every year.
Even worse, I saw that many companies prey on this misinformation and claim to be focused on your security while actually selling your data to third parties.
To fight this, I decided to make Privacy Canada and help people. That’s the long and short of it. While our country is doing a lot better than several others when it comes to Internet privacy, there’s still a long way to go. I realized that the best way to make sure change happened the right way was to arm people with knowledge.
As a side note, we benefit from Google sending us to the search engine when they have questions regarding Internet privacy and VPNs. But we don’t want to miss use this advantage, so we adhere to the Webmaster Guidelines. These dictate that everything on our website needs to be honest and 100% created by the members of our organization. In other words, you don’t need to worry about copyrighted material finding its way to your computer screen on any of the documents on our site.
We’ll also make it extremely clear when pages have affiliate links and thus will earn us a little bit of commission to purchase a product or service. As we described above, our aim is to be totally honest and forthcoming with how we make money and what we use that money for.
While most of Privacy Canada was created by me, I’d be lying if I said I was responsible for every single article on the site. Instead, I’m fortunate to have several contributors from my own history and from volunteers or technical writers who share my goals. We've also recently merged with the team over at Strong Password Generator and Insecurity
I do other work as well, but this has become one of my most favorite and important projects. If you have more questions or want to offer any constructive criticism, please let me or, as I usually write, us know on our contact page.