Canada Privacy

Privacy Must Be Defined By Consent In Today's Connected World

Kris Constable | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

I'm aware consent is a loaded term, and that's part of why I feel it's an important term to use in terms of personal information. There are many vulnerable people in the privacy space, and they're often ignored and even put at greater risk by the privileged who feel they have nothing to hide.

Can Privacy And Social Media Coexist?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Recent experiences on Instagram got me thinking about the line between being open and too open, between sharing and oversharing. Is it possible to share personal details and pictures from my life and still be somewhat private? Is that even possible in the digital world? Is social media making the idea of privacy obsolete?

3 Reasons Cybercrime Is A Growing Threat For Organizations

Matthew Held | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Concerns are warranted as drones continue to grow in popularity. Individuals and organizations are being vigilant in their need to detect, protect and respond quickly to security and privacy issues.

The B.C. Government Is Dodging Necessary FOI Reforms

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The spring sitting of the BC Legislature has wrapped up with a lot of talk about information and transparency, but with little action.

Ottawa Has A Double Standard When It Comes To Protecting Privacy

Monia Mazigh | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

It is now almost a pattern: every time we, as a human right organization or activist, write to government agencies inquiring about cases of Canadians detained abroad or of Canadians subject to abuse or possible discrimination, the governmental response will certainly contain somehow the issue of "privacy."

We Need A Public Discussion About The Use Of Stingray Surveillance

Laura Tribe | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Tribe

For some time, Canadians have been calling for answers from the RCMP and other police forces across Canada about the use of these invasive cellphone surveillance devices. Stingrays enable wholesale monitoring of our most intimate moments, and undermine our privacy and security.

Reforming Bill C-51 Can't Wait Another Year

Laura Tribe | Posted 01.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Tribe

It's been one year. Saturday marked exactly 365 days since the former Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, with its controversial spy powers that experts warn are shredding our basic constitutional rights. So, where do things stand now? After intense debate, C-51 was pushed through Parliament and is now law, but its many opponents are making progress. Over the past few weeks, we have seen positive signs from the new federal government, as it has finally promised to meet calls for public consultation from Canadians, civil society and experts.

Canadian Spy Agency Busted For Breaking Privacy Laws

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics

A federal watchdog says CSE shared metadata with American, British, and Australian counterparts.

Are Open Office Environments Hurting Productivity?

Steve Titus | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Open offices create a more collaborative atmosphere because employees can interact more easily. However, there should be spaces that allow employees to be focused and others for collaboration. Open office frustration tends to happen when the spaces are not used properly.

Let's Ensure Digital Health Care Does More Help Than Harm

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Over the last few years, entire hospitals have gone paperless and large swaths of digital imaging is filmless. Electronic medical records (EMRs) are increasingly commonplace in primary care, and telemedicine is growing in rural and urban settings. Even the stethoscope has gone digital.

Privacy By Design Is Key To The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

Foteini Agrafioti | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business
Foteini Agrafioti

Under privacy by design, technology companies must account for human values when creating their systems and ensure they have engineered for maximum individual privacy in every step of their process. It's a costly and time-consuming measure, but it's one of the only measures standing in the way of a digital Wild West.

How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk

Michael Geist | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

One of the most troubling, but largely ignored effects of the TPP involves privacy. Privacy is not an issue most associate with a trade agreement, however, the TPP features several anti-privacy measures that would restrict the ability of governments to establish safeguards over sensitive information such as financial and health data as well as information hosted by social media services.

Court Fight to Stop FATCA Impacts Every Canadian

Cleo Hamel | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

Under the FATCA rules, financial institutions are obligated to provide the IRS with information about accounts and holdings of U.S. citizens. Basically, the IRS is trying to make sure you are not hiding money overseas though Canada is hardly a tax haven. But there is more to this overreaching legislation that just tracking down deadbeat U.S. citizens.

10 Facebook Tips Everyone Should Know

Meg Sinclair | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Living
Meg Sinclair

Change your relationship status without everyone knowing. Going from In a relationship to single? Prevent ringing the alarms by going to the about tab > family and relationships > changing your privacy settings to only me. Switch your status to single and changes will not appear in the news feed.

There's a Difference Between Fantasy and Cheating on Ashley Madison

Sue Nador | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I'm a big believer in some personal autonomy. I don't feel I owe it to my husband to share every one of my deepest and darkest secrets. And I don't push him to tell me everything on his mind either. God no, I don't want to know everything on his mind. I'm a gal who enjoys a bit of mystery and his over-sharing would be a buzz kill. But there is a difference between "thought" and "action". It's fine to fantasize -- no harm is done.

5 Ways This Election Could Shape Our Digital Future for a Generation

David Christopher | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

There's a lot at stake here -- if Canada continues on the path the current government has set it on, then harmful policies on surveillance, Internet censorship, and Big Telecom dominance could be locked in place for a generation, and hold back our digital economy. Canadians deserve better.

We Should Be Innovating With Privacy in Mind

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Consumers want streamlined and intuitive products, but sometimes that comes at the cost of giving up some privacy. Businesses and developers want to create apps that will be used by many, which leads to monetization via fees, advertising and leveraging of data collected.

5 Tips to Increase Your Privacy With Windows 10

Matthew Held | Posted 08.06.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

The release of Windows 10 marks the arrival of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella's vision towards a "mobile-first, cloud-first" computing world. If you plan to upgrade to Windows 10, consider configuring the settings during the installation phase if you want to protect your privacy.

Free Expression Is Slipping Away

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 07.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Free expression is democracy. Without it, political choice is a farce. You can have all the elections you want and they will mean nothing without the secure right to express, share information and advocate for your views. Canada's federal government has been no friend of the right to know since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.

The Crackdown on Domain Privacy Has to Stop

David Christopher | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Large media conglomerates are piling on the pressure to ban these privacy protection services for any domains used for "commercial purposes". They're trying to make it even easier to access people's private contact information, so that they can sue domain owners who they accuse of copyright infringements.

Your Devices Will Soon Be Listening to You

Kris Constable | Posted 06.25.2016 | Canada Business
Kris Constable

The year 2015 will be remembered, amongst other things, as the year your devices started listening and watching you. Until now, to have your device listen to you, it usually required you actively interact with the device, such as pressing a listen or record button, for it to engage.

The Privacy of Transitioning Individuals' Health Records Could Be at Risk

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

This month, as Toronto plays host to one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, it's worth reflecting on the long way Canada's LGBT community appears to have come in terms of advancing their legal rights.

This Is How Canadians Can End Mass Surveillance

David Christopher | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Many Canadians are asking whether anything can be done to rein in the almost unimaginable surveillance powers revealed by Edward Snowden. From our research and consultation with privacy experts, there are a number of practical steps that can be taken to put a stop to surveillance abuses and better protect the privacy of Canadians.

Could This Be the Antidote to Bill C-51?

David Christopher | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Have You Made an Informed Decision to Use Facebook?

Kris Constable | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Kris Constable

Privacy commissioners regulate laws, they don't go on privacy witch hunts to make companies' lives difficult. There are lots of economic opportunities to do bad things, but society is at a shift where many people want to see the respectful thing done, and Facebook is not choosing the respectful thing here.