Canada’s first street view map service unveiled amid privacy concerns

The first Web-based, interactive, street-level map of Canada launched yesterday at Canpages.ca featuring panoramic photos of Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish, B.C has caught the attention of privacy watchdogs.Similar to Google's Street View launched

Published on: March 17th, 2009 Brian Jackson

People search tools may expose skeletons in your closet

Editor's note: While researching this story, JR Raphael discovered the Coldplay radio station I created on Pandora on August 13, 2006; found that I had looked into purchasing a 4-foot iPod-compatible 3.5mm audio

Published on: March 12th, 2009 J.R. Raphael

Employer alert – Cut out the sneaky snooping

Employers are increasingly trolling the web for information about prospective employees that they can use in their hiring decisions. Consequently, career experts advise job seekers to not post any photos, opinions or information

Published on: March 4th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Facebook users worldwide protest site’s controversial privacy practices

You didn't actually read through the Facebook Terms of Use webpage when you signed up for a Facebook account, did you? By my count, it's more than 3,700 words of legal mumbo jumbo

Published on: February 19th, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

Anti-theft system sends “poison pill” over Internet to lock stolen laptops

Reading the long list of personal data breaches resulting from laptop theft alone is enough to keep any manager responsible for corporate privacy awake at night.Sept. 28, 2007: A laptop containing personal information

Published on: February 18th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Stop DRM from becoming a “privacy nightmare”

Canadian iTunes users were delighted when Apple announced, last month, that it had cut deals with three of the largest music labels – Warner Music, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group – to

Published on: February 17th, 2009 Jennifer Kavur

U-Prove “offers users control” over their digital identity

Stefan Brands isn't exactly paranoid, but let's call him “privacy aware.” He's former CEO of Credentica, and the principal architect of identity and security division at Microsoft Corp. since his company was acquired

Published on: February 12th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Google Latitude – a free and fabulous tracking service if you aren’t paranoid about privacy

When I tried to invite my friends to join me on Google Latitude so I could give it a proper test run, most were too creeped out to click on the link.Many of

Published on: February 9th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Track friends and employee movements on your smart phone with Google Latitude

Need to know in real time which service truck is closest to a customer's location? Want to know whether your daughter really is at the library or how your friend is progressing on

Published on: February 6th, 2009 Sharon Gaudin and JR Raphael

“Off switch” could curb privacy concerns for new Ontario driver’s licence

A U.K.-based company is eager to put its technology on your next driver's licence so you can turn your card on and off with a touch-sensitive switch.Peratech Ltd. has developed a switch that

Published on: February 4th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Facebook Connect lets users “take control” of privacy while surfing

Facebook Connect is one log-in approach to the Web that can help users take control of their privacy while they're surfing, according to the social network.The new service, launched Dec. 4, allows any

Published on: January 30th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Monster’s database hacked, job seekers’ personal info stolen

Monster Worldwide Inc. is advising its users to change their passwords after data, including e-mail addresses, names and phone numbers, was stolen from its database. The break-in comes just as the swelling ranks

Published on: January 27th, 2009 Nancy Gohring and Gregg Keizer

Heartland data breach “shocking” says Canada’s privacy commissioner

After a data breach that could prove to be the largest unintended disclosure of consumer information ever, security and privacy experts are urging companies to learn from the Heartland Payment Systems breach and

Published on: January 23rd, 2009 Brian Jackson

Privacy Commissioner wants off switch on new Ontario driver licenses

Ontario's Privacy Commissioner wants to give Ontarians the ability to turn off the RFID function on their new enhanced driver's licences.More specifically, Commissioner Ann Cavoukian wants a simple switch added to the RFID

Published on: January 9th, 2009 Brian Jackson