Highlights/privacy

Internet, Science and Technology, Politics

Shut down social media platforms, ‘call their bluff’, says ex-Facebook adviser

To protect democracy and personal freedoms, liberal democracies have to force a radical transformation of social media giants and may have to go as far as shutting down recalcitrant social media platforms, says former adviser to Facebook. “If your goals» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Privacy commissioners condemn Facebook

Facebook has committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws and fails to take responsibility for protecting the personal information of Canadians, say Canada’s privacy commissioner and a provincial counterpart. Facebook disputes findings, say privacy commissioners A joint investigation was launched» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Court case launched over privacy issues in ‘smart city’

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed a lawsuit over plans to build a high-tech neighbourhood in downtown Toronto that would be equipped to collect multiple kinds of data on people there.  Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google, plans» 

Society

Political parties asked to respect elector’s privacy

Canada’s political parties are being asked to adopt privacy policies to protect the data they collect about voters. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Chief Electoral Officer have issued a statement reminding political parties that they are required to» 

Society

Supreme Court finds teacher who used camera pen guilty of voyeurism

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that a high school teacher who secretly recorded his female students’ chests with a camera hidden in a pen committed voyeurism. Ryan Jarvis, an English teacher from London, Ontario, was arrested after police» 

Society

New devices raise privacy concerns

Now that Christmas presents have been opened and the holiday season is over it is time to look at new devices and check that they are not divulging personal information, advises a provincial privacy commissioner. Many kinds of devices could» 

International

Pay cash for cannabis, warns privacy commissioner

While it became legal to use cannabis recreationally in Canada in October 2018, it is not legal in many other jurisdictions, warns Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner. Therefore, it recommends Canadians take action to protect the privacy of their» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Smart cities threaten privacy, freedom, warns expert

The former privacy commissioner of Ontario recently resigned from a project to create a smart city in Toronto because there are no guarantees the collection of personal data would be kept private. Privacy is fundamental to freedom, says Ann Cavoukian,» 

Economy, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Statistics Canada pauses data collection on citizens finances over privacy concerns

Statistics Canada is the federal agency responsible for collecting statistics on all aspects of Canadian life. When it was learned the agency was beginning to collect personal banking information on 500,000 citizens, there was an outcry over invasion of privacy.» 

Economy, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Statistics Canada seeking Canadian’s personal financial data

Privacy concerns An effort by Canada’s official statistics gathering agency to obtain personal financial information of some 500-thousand Canadians has attracted the attention of the federal privacy commissioner. The pilot project by Statistics Canada also has opposition politicians in the»