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MediaSmarts releases Click if You Agree game

Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization MediaSmarts has released an online video game called "Click if You Agree." The game is intended to educate young people about the legal policies used by websites and software. Aimed primarily at teens and pre-teens, the game covers online documents such as privacy policies and terms of service. It seeks to raise awareness of the use of personal data that may be described in these documents and the risks of not understanding them completely. The game presents a series of common online environments, including a multiplayer game, a music store, a photo application and a social media site. The game is located at <http://www.mediasmarts.ca>.

"Our research has continually found that the websites, apps and online games used by young Canadians are overwhelmingly commercial, so they need to know exactly what they're consenting to when they sign up to socialize and play," said Jane Tallim, co-executive director of MediaSmarts. "Without realizing it, kids could be giving away photos, locations and other sensitive private data."

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