Highlights / privacy

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Privacy concerns: Anonymous request for personal information worries farmers

Farmers throughout the province have expressed deep concern about an official Freedom of Information request from an unknown source. An FOI (also known as Access to Information and Privacy) is a federal law which gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and any person »

Politics, Society

Canadian government launches national COVID tracking app

A free mobile app designed to help tell its users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, was launched in Ontario by the Canadian government on Friday.  The COVID Alert app is available »

Uncategorized

Canada’s national COVID tracking app in beta testing now

Under development for months, a national COVID tracking smartphone app was supposed to be rolled out starting in the province of Ontario at the beginning of this month. Such applications are designed to warn phone owners if they’ve been in »

Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Privacy advocates hail Clearview AI’s exit from Canada

Privacy advocates in Canada are welcoming the decision by the U.S. company Clearview AI to stop offering its controversial facial recognition software to Canadian law enforcement agencies. A statement issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said »

Uncategorized

Tim Hortons mobile app under investigation by Canada’s privacy commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), Canada’s privacy agency, announced today that they are investigating the Tim Hortons mobile application after media reports raised concerns about how the app may be collecting and using data about people’s movements and »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canada preparing a national COVID-19 patient tracking app

Yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that a national cellphone app will be available to track people who’ve tested positive for the virus and warn others of a potential risk. Using Bluetooth code between phones, it will then alert others »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Tracking individuals vs privacy: delicate balance

Federal and provincial ministers met yesterday to discuss how to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. High on the list was mobile phone technology known as ‘tracking aps’. Countries like China,Israel, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia have already launched »

Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

More admission of police use of controversial facial recognition technology

With several cases already revealed of Canadian police admission of using the high tech facial recognition comes another, this time by the federal Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The technology has raised concerns over privacy issues with hints of the incursion »

Economy, Society

4.2 million members of Canadian credit union affected by data breach

Quebec-based lender Desjardins Group says the massive data breach it reported in June appears to be far larger than initially thought, affecting 4.2 million customers in Quebec and Ontario. The credit union initially said the breach affected around 2.7 million people and 173,000 »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Recognize privacy as a human right, urge world’s guardians

Canada’s privacy commissioner has joined counterparts from around the world to urge that privacy be recognized as a fundamental human right which is vital to the protection of other democratic rights. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and international counterparts adopted »