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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 »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

“Smart” district battle in Toronto shows no signs of lessening

The idea by a Google subsidiary is to create a unique “smart” district in the heart of Toronto. The totally wired and integrated area has constantly raised concerns about data gathering by a multi-national, surveillance, and privacy issues. The company »

Politics

Your personal info collected by political parties

As Canada approaches a general election in October, people are starting to receive political information and solicitation for donations on their mobile phones, emails, and social media accounts. Most are wondering how a political party obtained their account information. It »

Internet, Science & 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 & 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 »