Protecting Information Privacy for Pride Month


June is Pride month – and as we celebrate the rights and freedoms of the LGBT+ community, at Mara we are also conscious of the increased privacy risks faced by this community. 

As a social minority frequently prejudiced, the LGBT+ community is often unable to openly share their gender identity and sexual orientation. What’s more, critical information, such as sexual health information for non-heteronormative persons, is often not widely available such as might be included at a local health clinic or drug store. Online information sources and communities have provided an essential alternative, allowing LGBT+ individuals to connect with others and get the information they need. This heightened use of online resources and technology can place LGBT+ persons at a greater risk of harm when a data breach occurs, including the risk of physical harm, loss of employment, and a multitude of social costs. Just one more reason why privacy matters – from ensuring data privacy protections by system developers — such as allowing persons to opt out of providing certain personal information — to using a strong password and multi-factor authentication to safeguard personal devices used to access those systems. 

In June and all year long, Mara celebrates equality, freedom, and safety for all. 


Data Privacy Is Crucial for the LGBT Community — National Cybersecurity Alliance (staysafeon​line​.org)

Pride Month — Wikipedia

A Brief History of Pride in Canada | Markham Public Library

History of Canadian Pride | QueerEvents​.ca