On Consumer Rights Day, we're reminded that the digital marketplace is where scams, fraud and identity theft flourish.
Up to 90 per cent of Canadian Internet traffic flows through the U.S.
"The message to the technology industry is clear: Canada is a horrible place to build or store intellectual property."
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.
As Canadians debate numerous items of legislation that could affect their privacy rights — from the new anti-terrorism bill
The Pirate Bay is a popular website for the BitTorrent downloading of music, movies, games, software and much more. Swedish police raided the site by seizing its servers in Stockholm, allegedly in connection with violation of copyright law. The Pirate Bay shutdown isn't the first and likely won't be the last of its kind. Law enforcement agencies have been raiding the Pirate Bay service since 2006. The key challenge to pursuing consumers who share and download content in violation of copyrights is identifying them. Proposed solutions to this challenge pose serious privacy law concerns.
Imagine that I took all the e-mails and messages that I have ever written, as well as recordings of all Skype calls that I have ever made, and gave them to a group of strangers. Should we trust the priorities these strangers will have in 10 years, or 20 or 50? Should we trust that this immense cache of data will not become a commodity, traded to other governments that exist now, or will exist in the future?
The digital age has brought the incredible and enjoyable convenience of conducting multiple kinds of transactions online. However with this accessibility comes responsibility; the increasing sophistication of cybercrime and electronic fraud operations requires legislators and businesses to engage in a more robust approach to protecting the personal information of Canadians. Despite their frequency and scale, there is no statutory obligation requiring organizations to report data breaches. An unreported breach can have serious consequences on unsuspecting Canadians, from social media users to investors.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations wrapped up last week, bringing a whirlwind week to a close. This shift towards explicitly recognizing the authority of the ITU over Internet content led Canada, among many nations, to refuse to sign the final draft of the treaty.