Social Sentry keeps an eye on employee social media posts

I thought Scott McNealy was over the top when he gave privacy a metaphorical middle finger in 1999, saying, "Get over it. You have zero privacy anyway." Now I'm thinking the former CEO

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Bill Snyder

3.3 million student loan records pilfered

Data on 3.3 million borrowers was stolen from a nonprofit company that helps with student loan financing.The theft occurred on March 20 or 21 from the headquarters of Educational Credit Management Corp. (ECMC),

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Facebook will fork out $9.5 million to fund privacy projects

A federal judge has approved a proposed settlement byFacebook in a class-action lawsuit involving its now defunct Beacon behavioral tracking service.Under the settlement, Facebook will pay $9.5 million to set up a privacy

Published on: March 23rd, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Toronto firm brings direct mail marketing online with unique privacy service

A Toronto-based startup is offering digital direct mail marketing with a unique privacy-protection service.While traditionally, direct mail marketing has relied on snail mail, Bering Media has brought the method online.Watch video nowThe Toronto

Published on: March 16th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Toronto medical records storage firm draws attention of privacy watchdogs

A Toronto-based medical records storage firm that's been named in a privacy-related advisory in Saskatchewan is also receiving attention in Ontario for past complaints about high fees.DOCUdavit Services Inc. was claiming too much

Published on: March 12th, 2010 Brian Jackson

Throne speech reveals plan for biometric passports for “every Canadian”

It was just one brief sentence in a wide-ranging throne speech, but it’s cause enough for some healthy concern. The Government of Canada has once again promised to take a look at issuing

Published on: March 3rd, 2010 Brian Jackson

What Microsoft can reveal to the police about you

I've got my hands on a copy of the leaked, confidential Microsoft "Global Criminal Compliance Handbook," which details for police and intelligence services exactly what information Microsoft collects about users of its online

Published on: March 1st, 2010 Preston Gralla

Conviction of top Google execs in Italy sparks global outrage

An Italian's judge's decision to impose six-month suspended jail sentences on Google Inc.'s global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, and two other company executives over a video showing the bullying of a disabled teenager

Published on: February 26th, 2010 Jaikumar Vijayan

Conviction of Google’s Italian execs gives privacy a bad name

Word comes this morning that a jury in Italy has convicted a trio of Google employees over the brief posting of a video that showed four boys bullying another child who has Down's

Published on: February 26th, 2010 Paul McNamara

Facebook — get your security act together, says frustrated expert

Dear Facebook,I appreciate your service. I really do. I'm sure that many of your 400 million active users appreciate it as well. But now that you have a market value estimated at billions

Published on: February 25th, 2010 Ira Winkler

Are Buzz, Facebook and Twitter creating ‘social insecurity’?

An insurance expert told the Britain's Telegraph newspaper that using location-centric mobile social services like Google Buzz, Twitter , Facebook and Foursquare could raise your home insurance premiums, or even result in the

Published on: February 24th, 2010 Mike Elgan

5 ways to monitor your employees legally and ethically

Employers have the right to monitor employee use of office equipment - especially computers - to ensure these tools are being responsibly used for work.In these tough times, this is a right resource-stretched

Published on: February 23rd, 2010 Tony Bradley

Onus on tech firms to build responsible privacy controls: a guest blog from MaRS

In my last blog entry, I wrote about Privacy by Design: The Gold Standard – my annual event that focuses on the implementation of new technologies and business practices that can deliver tangible

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

Google hit with class action lawsuit over Buzz

Google apologized last week for privacy issues around its new social-networking service Buzz - and made several changes to allay user concerns. But those actions have not helped the Search behemoth avert legal

Published on: February 19th, 2010 Brennon Slattery and Jaikumar Vijayan