It’s NOT “just a number!”

by Ann Cavoukian  I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of understanding of a key privacy issue – the ease of data linkages in an ever-increasingly online world, that renders otherwise non-identifiable

Published on: January 26th, 2012 Ann Cavoukian

Online behavioural advertising is ‘downright creepy’, Privacy Commissioner says

Don't use Web bugs, zombie cookies, pixel hacks and the like. Individuals must be informed if their personal information is being collected or their online behaviour is being tracked. And above all, keep

Published on: December 6th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Bake privacy into NFC chips now, Privacy commissioner says

Tap ‘n go technology, also known as near field communications (NFC) is well on its way to ubiquity within the next five years. However, the convenience and benefits promised by applications such as

Published on: November 29th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

‘Lovely Faces’ scrapes public data from Facebook to create mock dating site

Facebook is threatening to take legal action against the creators of an online "dating" site that features 250,000 profiles of men and women whose photos and personal details were scraped off the social

Published on: February 8th, 2011 Jaikumar Vijayan

Ambassadors are meeting today’s privacy challenges, head-on

  I recently appeared on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper with an alarming prediction. “World is losing grip on privacy says watchdog – Next decade will be crucial in protecting

Published on: September 11th, 2010 Ann Cavoukian

Google hit with class action lawsuit over secret WiFi sniffing

Google's secret Wi-Fi sniffing has prompted a class-action lawsuit that could force the company to pay up to $10,000 for each time it snatched data from unprotected hotspots, court documents show.The lawsuit, which

Published on: May 25th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Google knows more about you “than your mother does”

"Google knows more about you than your mother." Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently made that statement to this reporter. A few years ago, it might have sounded

Published on: May 12th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell

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

Companies lose $202 for each compromised customer record

Companies that are reluctant to invest what it takes on data security better be prepared to pony up a lot more if their systems are ever breached. That's the main take-away from a

Published on: February 4th, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

Finding yourself online – information about you available on the Web

She had me at hello ... or just about. Our conversation had barely started when privacy activist Betty Ostergren interrupted me to say that she had found my full name, address, Social Security

Published on: January 28th, 2009 Robert L. Mitchell