Twitter. That’s right; I’m going to talk about Twitter, making the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada the official end point for the “Have you heard about Twitter?” meme. (For a quick summary of this meme, listen to this audio from a podcast called Jordan Jesse Go!)Read more
Once again, folks from the Office attended “Canada’s web conference”, MESH 2009, in Toronto – a place where flacks, marketers, hackers, people with money to spend, people looking for money, and activists gather and talk about how the web is “affecting media, marketing, business and society as a whole”.Read more
Today the OPC issued Captured on Camera, a fact sheet intended to help Canadians understand the privacy issues surrounding street-level imaging applications like Google StreetView and a similar product offered by Canpages.(html), (pdf)Read more
How does society reconcile the technological benefits and privacy impacts of new technology? Deep packet inspection is just one seemingly neutral technological application that can have a significant impact on privacy rights and other basic civil liberties, especially as market forces, the enthusiasm of technologists and the influence of national security
interests grow stronger.
A clickable icon on all behavioural advertisements to find out (quickly and in plain language) what type of information an advertiser is collecting and using about you? Sounds too good to be true for us privacy enthusiasts but this intriguing concept was recently blogged about in the New York Times.Read more
A year ago, we asked a law student at the University of Ottawa to examine the virtual world Second Life, and report on what implications this type of environment may have for personal privacy and the protection of personal information.Read more
So says a new report from Dartmouth College telling us that in the US “data hemorrhages” are coming from all over the health sector including hospitals, physicians, laboratories, as well as outsourced service providers.Read more
What would you think if you wrote a letter and it could be opened up by a postal or a courier service before it reaches its destination? What would you think if that happened to your online communication? It’s not necessarily a hypothetical question.Read more
A question that occupies a lot of our time in the office is why, despite growing research that clearly shows that privacy is important to Canadians, do many of us give out our personal information to anyone who asks? While we know privacy is important to people, they still trade personal information for just about anything – from a “free” service to a chance to win something. Why does what we say is important to us often not translate to our observable behaviour? Where does this disconnect happen?Read more
We have the winning videos from the 2008 My Privacy & Me National Video Competition for young people! Participants from Encounters with Canada, a national youth forum that brings together teens from across Canada for week-long adventures in learning and discovery, selected the winners from among seven finalists.Read more
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