With tax season approaching, many businesses are pulling together mass mailings to send out to customers. The information these mailings contain is likely pretty sensitive – names, addresses, social insurance numbers and financial details. You don’t want it falling into the wrong hands!Read more
Privacy Tech-Know Blog: Pay me to regain access to your personal information! Ransomware on the rise
Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) which, when installed on a device or system, prevents access to that device, or that device’s content or applications. Once installed and operational, the malware prompts you to pay a ransom to restore full functionality to the device. Personal or sensitive data have been targeted with ransomware, or accessed when attackers were rifling through organizational computers or networks. In fact ransomware has affected a range of devices, including those running Windows, OS X, and Android, and has affected healthcare providers, police services, public schools, universities, and various types of businesses, in addition to individual consumer users. It’s an increasingly prevalent issue, with Symantec estimating that Canadians were affected by over 1,600 ransomware attacks a day in 2015.Read more
Privacy Commissioner launches investigation of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada breach of student loan recipient information
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced today that it is launching an investigation into a breach involving the personal information about more than half a million clients of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and 250 departmental employees.Read more
Privacy and surveillance have always been compelling themes in pop culture, and Hollywood has certainly used the concepts to great effect. Below, in no particular order, is our own selection of the best films with a privacy theme.Read more
When using technology to safeguard personal information, sometimes small steps can prevent a big loss
An Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) survey of 1,006 companies across Canada shows that many businesses are not employing recommended technological tools or practices to protect the digitally-stored personal information of their customers.Read more
A report by Verizon highlights some extremely troubling trends about the types of data breaches occurring around the globe and also how organizations of all sizes are failing to adequately respond to new threats.Read more
A recently released study has given further evidence to the link between privacy and personal information protection and consumer confidence.Read more
We’re launching our 2010 My Privacy & Me Video Contest for 12-18-year-olds – and the first-place winners will win an iPad!Read more
It’s Data Privacy Day 2010: Are you taking the proper steps to ensure that your personal information is safe?
On Data Privacy 2010 we’d like to take a moment to remind everyone that is the responsibility of both individuals and companies to make sure that personal information is safe.Read more
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