I know. It’s kind of boring when I only post excerpts from our more formal publications. In some cases, though, the traditional news release and backgrounder nail the issue and the details.Read more
Do your loved ones have toys on their wish lists this holiday? A stuffed animal for a little one… a cell phone or a camera for a teen? These days, these toys and gadgets are more than they used to be. Just a few years ago a stuffed animal was something to cuddle with and a phone was, well, just a phone! Now, many stuffed animals come with codes that allow kids to register them online so that they can play games, feed and care for them, and even chat and play with other kids. And many cellphones are phones, computers and cameras, all in one.Read more
It’s also the 20th anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. A significant milestone, this made privacy a basic human right for everyone under the age of eighteen.Read more
Now that Canada has officially entered the “second wave” of the H1N1 flu season, and the United States President has proclaimed the H1N1 pandemic to be a national emergency, Canadians are staring at the possibility of a significant flu outbreak. The sense of concern and urgency about how to respond to this situation presents interesting challenges for protecting the right to privacy.Read more
As you may have noticed, we held a news conference this morning to announce further progress in our investigation into the privacy practices at Facebook. Our news release is now available, as is Facebook’s.Read more
How comfortable, exactly, are online users with their information and online browsing habits being used to track their behaviour and serve ads to them?Read more
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
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.
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
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