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Mind the gap: Poll finds many Canadian businesses believe privacy is important but not taking basic steps to protect customer information

Ten years after Canada’s private sector privacy law came into full effect, our latest survey has found that many Canadian businesses are still not taking the basic steps necessary to protect the personal information of their customers and clients – despite believing that protecting privacy is “extremely important”. An overwhelming majority of businesses (82%) said [...]

Choose what you protect, because anonymity is really hard.

Meet The Woman Who Did Everything In Her Power To Hide Her Pregnancy From Big Data | ThinkProgress Janet Vertesi, sociology professor at Princeton, recently tried an on-line experiment. She had just discovered that she was pregnant, and wanted to see if it would be possible to hide that fact from “big data”. Could she [...]

Next Avenue: A Privacy Expert’s 3 Tips to Protect Yourself Online

Next Avenue has an interview with Julia Angwin, who has written about privacy for the Wall Street Journal and has a new book on privacy and technology, “Dragnet Nation.” Angwin discusses tips on how people can better protect their privacy online: In researching her book, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Angwin (who reported on privacy and tech issues [...]

‘Protect our reporters’ – radio interview on The Wire

REPORTERS all over the planet die to tell stories. From the Philippines where journalists were massacred in Maguindanao on the southern island of Mindanao in 2009, to Mexico where journalists families are targeted with threats of torture. The Pacific is a far cry from these situations yet only one Pacific country made it to the [...]

Microsoft Announces Changes to Better Protect Customer Data

In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith announced changes that the company is making amid concerns about government surveillance, especially in light of revelations by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Smith wrote: That’s why we are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute [...]

3D printing- a tool for innovations, but how will you protect them?

3D printing is a technological advance that has been getting a lot of press recently due to the sense of excitement about the possibilities it might hold. The implications of this advance are being speculated as huge, with the BBC asking if it will spark a ‘new industrial revolution’, The Economist announcing the benefits for [...]

FCC Pulls Emily Litella on Google Wi-Spy, Fails to Protect Public Interest

Just read Paragraph 53 (below), outlining the FCC’s main findings from its (controversial) Google Wi-Spy order: "Inability" – FCC's apparent willful blindness To paraphrase this FCC conclusion: “Apart from the massive disrespect shown by Google to the Commission – sort of as if they own us – the FCC determines that no law has been [...]

Digital Trends: Three reasons why ID theft increased in 2011 and how you can protect yourself

Digital Trends reports on the issue of identity theft and how people can protect the privacy of their data: Last year saw an increase in identity theft incidents when compared to 2010. According to a fraud report from Javelin Strategy & Research, there has been an increase of 13 percent in ID Theft for 2011, and some [...]

Free Press, Upset That Big Media Wants to Protect Its Private Property, Throws Hissy-Fit

Free Press' angry birds and their angry tweets The twitter-sphere is choked with Free Press’ latest panicked entreaty – one urging the defeat of Congress’ latest effort to curb online piracy through the House’s so-called SOPA bill. Says a couple of tweets: SOPA is everywhere on the Internet and nowhere on the nightly news. End [...]

New Tips and Tools to Help Your Young Internet Users Protect Their Privacy Online

Entry written by Kristen Yates, Senior Public Education Officer, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. We all know how savvy kids are with the Internet and online tools. Many of them are way ahead of adults in adapting to new technologies, making it difficult to keep up with them – let alone educate them [...]