Appeared in the Toronto Star on April 27, 2013 as Your Information is Not Secure in Ottawa
As Canadians focused last week on the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing and the RCMP arrests of two men accused of plotting to attack Via Rail, the largest sustained series of privacy breaches in Canadian history was uncovered but attracted only limited attention.
By Backbone Staff | March 20, 2013 5:45 AM | Categories: Security
Almost two thirds of Canadians will file their 2012 tax returns online this year, according to the Canada Revenue Agency, and security software company McAfee wants people to know that tax time is prime season for cybercriminals.
[Feb. 6, 2013] on the coalition of business lobby groups support for a spyware provision in the Canadian anti-spam law attracted considerable attention, with many shocked at the breadth of the proposal.
By Peter Wolchak | January 16, 2013 5:15 AM | Categories: Security
In November, an employee at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) lost a USB key containing personal information on 5,000 Canadians.
By Peter Wolchak | November 9, 2012 10:30 AM | Categories: Security
The average Canadian carries almost 30 cards in his or her wallet. Loyalty cards, bank cards, credit cards, stored-value cards, library cards, driver’s licence, health card, and on and on. And that’s only the physical world. Online, we all have multiple user names and passwords. If you’re not very security conscious, you may have only a few online identity combinations; if you’re knowledgeable about security, you may have 10, or 20 or 30.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the dot-ca domain, opens its board of directors election
at noon ET today. CIRA members are eligible to vote from September 19th until September 26th, with five seats at stake - two member-nominated seats and three nominating-committee seats. I am on the ballot for a member-nominated seat and would appreciate your support.
By Michael Geist | August 27, 2012 5:00 AM | Categories: Security
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched a new online complaint form
that will allow Canadians to file privacy complaints via the Internet.
The growth in the use of social media tools over the past 2 years has been astounding. There is nothing like an olympic games to highlight the benefits (and the risks) of social communication.
As public concern over Internet privacy has grown in recent years, one of the first responses is invariably to focus on the need for improved disclosure through easily accessible website privacy policies. The policies provide information on how personal information is collected, used, and disclosed to third parties.