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Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Privacy commissioner calls for action to protect personal information

Appearing before a committee of the House of Commons, the privacy commissioner said Canada’s privacy law is “quite permissive and gives companies wide latitude to use personal information for their own benefit.” Daniel Therrien said it is not enough to» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Online privacy policy, enforcement need to change, says lawyer

While Canada has a national law to protect privacy, interpretation has been vague and enforcement lacking, says David Fewer, director of a public interest clinic devoted to technology law at the University of Ottawa. “(The law) is pretty good…They (internet» 

International

Facebook breach of trust: what to do now?

The news that data gleaned from millions of Facebook users was manipulated to sway the U.S. election signals the beginning of the age of information warfare, says Megan Boler, a professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto.» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Canada’s privacy watchdog launches investigation into Facebook

Canada’s privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook to look into whether the social media company may have violated the privacy rights of Canadian users by improperly sharing their private account data with a political consultancy company working on» 

Society

Facebook app for kids raises questions

Controversy has swirled around Facebook’s new messaging app for children now available in the U.S. and likely coming soon to Canada and other countries. Facebook promotes the app as a way “for kids to safety video chat and message with» 

Economy, Internet, Science and Technology

Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

Facebook has become the latest technology company to establish a foothold in Montreal to take advantage of the city’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday. It is the company’s first artificial» 

Economy, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Beware Facebook “free” offers

Facebook is a worldwide phenomenon, and so apparently are the scams now associated with its website Those scam adverts often offer “free” flights, or free pizzas, or free gift cards from retail chains, or other free things. In spite of» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Landmark legal case: Canadian precedent- international implications

A win for the Davids vs the Goliaths A woman in west coast British Columbia was surprised and angry to discover Facebook had used her image and the fact that she “liked” a product. for the intenet giant’s own commercial» 

Politics

Social media comment sinks another politician

Politicians and employers checking social media records Matt MacKnight had hoped to enter provincial politics in Nova Scotia. Like many politicians, and would be politicians before him, things seemed to be going well, but then his social media activity caught» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

Facebook apologizes to Inuk musician over sealskin parka suspension

Award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq says Facebook has apologized to her for suspending her account over a photo of a family friend wearing sealskin coat. The outspoken Nunavut-based artist said Thursday she was notified that her account was being blocked»