Jennifer Stoddart

Not Cool, Google

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Google has been caught afoul of the law by displaying web ads linked to a person's health history, according to Canada's interim privacy com...

How Soon Before We're Dependent on Google Glass?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Business
Samuel Mosonyi

For those consumers already feeling overwhelmed and distracted by the constant notifications which come with a smartphone, Google Glass is probably not the best choice. We have arguably developed a dependence towards smartphones. Before consumers become dependent on Glass, they should seriously consider the implications before making their decision. In a society where relying on the mind for information and computation becomes less important due to the proliferation of mobile computers that can do the work for us, Glass may further exacerbate the dependence on technology to access information.

Privacy Czar: Canada's Rules Too Old

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The federal law governing how companies handle personal information is too old to keep up with the rapidly expanding digital age, Canada's pr...

Althia Raj

Private Data Of A Million Canadians Possibly Breached | Althia Raj | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — More than a million Canadians may have had their private information compromised by data breaches within the federal government over the l...

We Could Do Better: Privacy Watchdog

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada would have one of the weakest data breach laws in the western world even if proposed revisions currently before Parliament are passed,...

It Takes Two To Kill Illegal Police Licence Surveillance

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

B.C.'s Information and Privacy Commissioner took a stiff shot at the use of Automatic License Plate Recognition technology by the Victoria police. But it will likely take more than just her efforts to bring this ever-expanding surveillance system back in line with privacy law. The RCMP simply shouldn't be running a surveillance system on people who haven't broken any law, and they shouldn't be able to take advantage of the federal-provincial jurisdictional split to do so either.


CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An RCMP and House of Commons security proposal to more than double the number of video cameras on Parliament Hill, without warning the public...

Who's Leaking Your Private Info?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Some leading Canadian websites are inappropriately passing the personal information of their users to third-party sites, such as advertising ...

Popular Youth Social Network Under Fire For Privacy Breach

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's privacy czar says a popular social networking site for young people breached federal privacy law.Jennifer Stoddart's office makes tw...

Canada's Privacy Czar Worried About New Google Policy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.25.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's privacy commissioner is "strongly" encouraging Google to clarify a new policy on linking user data across accounts, saying it may ma...

Behavioural Advertising: Who's Watching You?

Jennifer Stoddart | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada
Jennifer Stoddart

How would you feel if mall security cameras didn't simply monitoring you for stealing, but instead kept tabs on the specific brands, styles, colours and sizes of clothes you tried on, the magazines you leafed through at newsstands, what you ordered from the food court, and everything you actually bought during your visit?

Privacy Commissioner Calls For Limits To Online Tracking

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2012 | Canada Business


Privacy Czar Lashes Out Air Security Agency

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's privacy czar says the national air security agency is collecting too much information about travellers, and sometimes breaches the l...

Watchdog Shoots Down Feds' Argument For Destroying Gun Registry Data

CP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Canada's privacy watchdog has shot a big hole in one of the Conservative government's main arguments for destroying the records compiled by...

Canada's Privacy Czar Raises Alarm On Plans For Online Spying Law

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - The federal privacy watchdog says government plans to make electronic surveillance easier for police and spies must include stronger public p...

Sunday Roundup

Danielle Crittenden Frum | Posted 11.10.2011 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden Frum

Canadians mourn alongside Americans on this sad anniversary of 9/11. We were affected deeply on that day 10 years ago, nearly as much as the U.S. itself: not just by the Canadian lives we lost, but by the empathetic pain we feel when our closest kin suffers a tragedy. Whatever longstanding sibling rivalry Canadians have felt towards Americans vanished -- at that moment we became one family grieving death together. We also became key partners in what would be called the War on Terror: This week on HuffPost Canada, new contributor Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, offered important analysis of what this has meant to our privacy laws. We also welcomed aboard two distinguished contributors who offered their reactions to the news that the prime minister was considering re-introducing controversial anti-terrorism laws: former counter terror operative Mubin Shaikh and terrorist expert David Harris.