I entered into a free contest in Canada but I did not win. But when I searched for my own email address, I found a public Google docs that contains the address, date of birth, email, name, and phone number of around 79,000 entrants. Clearly this is wrong and unreasonable - no organization should be negligent like this.

Thus what can I do? How do I tell all these other people of this breach of privacy?
I have taken a screenshot of this Google doc.

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    Can you review the terms of the contest? You may have given them permission to use that information in that way.
    – feetwet
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:33
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    Also, does this Q&A answer your question?
    – feetwet
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 16:35
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    Phone the office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. They're called public servants for a reason, make them do their job and serve you.
    – user900
    Commented Oct 21, 2015 at 12:07

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In Australia, email addresses, like street addresses are not personal information and are not protected by the Privacy Act (which doesn't cover all businesses in any event)

  • Would the date of birth in conjunction with name and physical address change that though? I know some companies use that as verification when you need a password reset.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Nov 16, 2015 at 16:26

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