Give Google a break

Yesterday’s revelation that Google’s StreetView cars collected more than just anonymized pictures of buildings and cars (and some comical situations) came as a surprise to many, including regulatory bodies in a number of

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Claudiu Popa

UK pushes kill switch on biometric passports, national ID cards

The U.K.'s new coalition government plans to cancel the national ID card program, calling it part of a "substantial erosion of civil liberties" that took place under the former Labour government.Following an election

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

LinkedIn on a roll, considering Canadian presence

While Twitter gets ready to embark on an experiment that will finally monetize its 140-character messages and Facebook feels international pressure for its privacy gaffes, LinkedIn is quietly cashing cheques relatively free of

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Ontario privacy commissioner seeks solution to ‘abandoned patient records’ problem

Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner is putting pressure on businesses and doctors to practice better information and records management and stem the leaking of personally identifiable information. In a report released yesterday Ann Cavoukian calls

Published on: May 12th, 2010 Brian Jackson

RFID driver’s licence demand underwhelming across four provinces

Provinces that have implemented the enhanced driver’s licence (EDL) and enhanced identification card (EIC) programs to ease cross-border travel are not seeing as much demand for the RFID-enabled cards as anticipated.Ontario, British Columbia,

Published on: May 10th, 2010 Brian Jackson

We take privacy very seriously, says Facebook exec

Social networking giant Facebook has been taking it hard on the chin lately as critics contend that recent upgrades to the site and a bug that lets users view their friends' chat sessions

Published on: May 10th, 2010 Sharon Gaudin

Facebook secretly adding unsolicited apps to your profile

When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your

Published on: May 7th, 2010 Heather Kelly and Nick Mediati

Newsflash: Facebook doesn’t care about your privacy

I love how every other article about Facebook has some kind of privacy angle. As if Facebook, a site designed to share your information as broadly as possible, was also responsible for preserving

Published on: May 7th, 2010 Claudiu Popa

Toronto firm outfits Texas mega-school with video surveillance

When Vy Hoang won a contract to supply hundreds of surveillance video cameras to a mega-school being built just north of Dallas, Texas he didn't bargain the installation would come with some megal

Published on: May 6th, 2010 Brian Jackson

How to get rid of skeletons in your Internet closet

The Internet never forgets. Search engines crawl and index every last byte of information available on the Web; and once a piece of information goes online, some digital echo of it is virtually

Published on: May 4th, 2010 Tony Bradley

Canada’s privacy watchdog needs more teeth, says asst. commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada may need stronger powers to deal with challenges posed by the likes of Facebook and Google, says assistant commissioner Elizabeth Denham.Denham and Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart

Published on: May 3rd, 2010 Brian Jackson

Facebook changes a slap in the face of privacy authorities

Facebook has once again trounced the notion of user privacy in a week when privacy authorities from around the world issued a stern warning to companies offering online service. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer

Published on: April 23rd, 2010 Brian Jackson

Buzz blowup – Google defends itself after censure by privacy watchdogs

Google Inc., on Tuesday, was given a stern warning by an international group of privacy advocates spearheaded by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.Jennifer Stoddart played a key role in organizing privacy watchdogs from

Published on: April 21st, 2010 Brian Jackson

E-snooping on significant other increasingly common

Have you ever peeked at your girlfriend's BlackBerry? Scrolled through call logs, text messages, e-mails? Perhaps your significant other has been spending too much time on the iPhone Facebook app reconnecting with old

Published on: April 9th, 2010 Tom Kaneshige