Saskatchewan cancels RFID licences while Ontario looks for off-switch

While Ontario's Privacy Commissioner is seeking to include an off-switch on the enhanced driver's licence (EDL) being rolled out in June, Saskatchewan has opted to scrap their project completely.The EDL is being deployed

Published on: March 26th, 2009 Brian Jackson

“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

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

If you’re happy and you know it – so does airport security

Biometric technology involving facial recognition could soon be used to determine the moods of people in public and alert security about angry or suspicious expressions, according to research out of Concordia University.A researcher

Published on: December 5th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Staples Business Depot’s new RFID system hasn’t made a single mistake…so far

Whenever organizations test out a new technology there is inevitably a lot of trial and error involved. But an ongoing project at Staples Business Depot is proving to be that rarest of technology

Published on: December 2nd, 2008 David Carey

“It’s a jolly ‘oliday at Wal-Mart,” croons CEO Lee Scott

See related story: 250 million reasons for Wal-Mart's RFID exploitsIt's beginning to look a lot like a Wal-Mart Christmas Ev'rywhere you go; Take a look in the overcrowded superstore, glistening once againWith checkout

Published on: November 11th, 2008 Thomas Wailgum and Joaquim P. Menezes

Active RFID works wonders at Staples Canada

Whenever organizations test out a new technology there is inevitably a lot of trial and error involved. But an ongoing project at Staples Business Depot is proving to be that rarest of technology

Published on: November 10th, 2008 David Carey

Privacy not at odds with technology, says Ann Cavoukian

Privacy is being eroded because of the belief that it must be traded in for improved security or increased efficiency, cautions Ontario's Privacy Commissioner.Ann Cavoukian is calling for a radically new approach that

Published on: October 2nd, 2008 Brian Jackson

Enhanced driver’s license program a “threat” to privacy

Despite widespread privacy concerns, several Canadian provinces are pushing through with the implementation of the enhanced driver's license (EDL) scheme that seeks to link U.S.-Canada border security measures. In January, British Columbia became

Published on: August 12th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Race begins in Canada to cash in on mobile phone payments

Early in the race to get Canadians buying things with their mobile phones, MasterCard might be ahead by a nose, but Visa has unveiled a wiser partner choice, says an analyst. The two

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Canadian retailers have 3.6 billion reasons to battle tech-enabled theft

A broad range of criminal activities are eating away at retail profits and causing Canadian merchants to lose as much as $3.6 billion each year, according to a recent survey. While employee and

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Canadian company pushing pill dispensing kiosk

A Canadian firm says it can help the healthcare industry cut down prescription errors and improve patient-pharmacist contact by installing automated pill dispensing kiosks at doctors' offices, clinics, drugs stores and hospitals.PharmaTrust, a

Published on: May 7th, 2008 Nestor Arellano

Unsavoury terms, lack of tech maturity blamed for Wal-Mart’s failed RFID edict

Five years ago, when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. issued a startling mandate that its suppliers must adopt radio frequency identification technology, Daisy Brand Inc. quickly volunteered to be first out of the gate.Today, the

Published on: April 29th, 2008 Sharon Gaudin

Microchips – and common sense – help bust debit fraud

Merchants offering customers Interac Direct Payment (IDP) to facilitate sales can now get computer chip technology machines to help guard against fraud, but industry insiders say using common sense is still the best

Published on: March 14th, 2008 Brian Jackson