Articles By Howard Solomon

Canadian vehicle rental service hit by ransomware

One of Canada's biggest car and truck rental agencies is trying to recover after being hit by a ransomware attack. A spokesperson for U.S.-based vehicle rental giant Enterprise Holdings acknowledged Saturday that its

Published on: February 16th, 2021 Howard Solomon

Clearview AI violated privacy rights of Canadians with facial recognition tech, say privacy commissioners

Four of Canada's privacy commissioners have denounced the controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI. The software firm has been used by law enforcement agencies around the world - including Toronto - allowing them

Published on: February 3rd, 2021 Howard Solomon

Firms will need at least 18 months to prepare for new federal privacy law, Rogers official says businesses should start now

The Liberal government has promised to give businesses 18 months to get ready if and when Parliament passes its recently proposed changes to the federal privacy law covering the private sector. However, the

Published on: December 18th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Candor about cybersecurity incidents can save money as well as trust, says survey

There's an old adage that says, "Honesty is the best policy." A new survey from security vendor Kaspersky suggests it might also pay. The survey, released Monday, says that on average, small and

Published on: November 30th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Legal experts say proposed Canadian privacy law may face ‘a lot of push-back’ from business

The federal government's proposed new privacy legislation is a welcome improvement over the existing law, most legal experts agreed Tuesday during an online panel discussion. However, a number of them also predict what

Published on: November 25th, 2020 Howard Solomon

New Canadian privacy regime are steps in the right direction, but experts are ‘baffled’ and ‘troubled’ by key missing pieces

Two privacy experts have mixed feelings about the proposed new federal privacy regime for the private sector. On the one hand, former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian and University of Ottawa law professor

Published on: November 19th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Marriott fined $34 million by U.K. for data breach

Marriott International has been fined the equivalent of $34 million by the U.K. Information Commissioner for failing to keep the personal data of over 300 million customers secure. That's a drop from the

Published on: November 1st, 2020 Howard Solomon

Quebec to adopt COVID Alert amid rising cases

With the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 sharply rising, Quebec is abandoning its opposition to the federally-backed COVID Alert app, apparently hoping it will help health officials and the public slow

Published on: September 30th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Basic security measures could have reduced losses from cyber attacks, says insurance provider

Failing to follow basic security controls is the prime reason why security losses by organizations are increasing in frequency and severity, says a cyber insurance company. In a report released this morning (registration

Published on: September 11th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Canadian law firms team up to file class-action suit against Google

Lawyers in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec have filed a proposed class-action lawsuit in the three provinces against Google and its parent Alphabet Inc. on behalf of millions of Canadians, alleging the company

Published on: September 4th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Cyber Security Today – Warning for Linux users, fake Verizon, SBA scams and Canadian vets offered cyber training

Warning for Linux users, fake Verizon, SBA scams and Canadian vets offered cyber training. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday August 14th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com.  

Published on: August 17th, 2020 Howard Solomon

‘Remote access is here to stay,’ healthcare webinar told

Many clinical and administrative staff will be treating patients and accessing data remotely after the COVID-19 crisis settles, experts said during a Canadian webinar on the effects of the pandemic on the healthcare

Published on: August 11th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Cyber Security Today – Survey shows how worried Americans are about online privacy

A new survey shows how worried Americans are about online privacy. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It's Wednesday August 5th. I'm Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com. Online privacy is still

Published on: August 5th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Cyber Security Today – Financial management app hacked, stolen data giveaway, warning for QNAP users and Garmin attack update

Financial management app hacked, stolen data giveaway, warning for QNAP users and Garmin attack update Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It's Wednesday July 29th. I'm Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com.

Published on: July 28th, 2020 Howard Solomon

Cyber Security Today – Twitter hack aftermath, more Android malware, actors on alert and a streaming media warning

Twitter hack aftermath, more Android malware, actors on alert and a streaming media warning. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It's Friday July 17th. I'm Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com. This

Published on: July 17th, 2020 Howard Solomon