Nov 122018
 
2018-11-11  The law that lets Europeans take back their data from big tech companies,  CBS 60 Minutes.

(NOTE:  list of RELATED postings at bottom) Tech companies’ reign over users’ personal data has run largely unchecked in the age of the internet. Europe is seeking to end that with a new law by  Steve Kroft This has not been a great year for big tech; on Wall Street or in Washington. For decades, […]

Nov 122018
 

UPDATES:     (note – list of “RELATED” postings at bottom) 2018-11-16  the BLIND SPOT in Privacy Commissioner’s investigation of StatsCan (getting personal data from the private sector) 2018-11-13   Poll:  Canadians strongly oppose Statscan’s plan to obtain the banking records of 500,000 households, Globe & Mail. – – – – – – – – – – – […]

Nov 112018
 

(NOTE:  List of RELATED postings at bottom)   https://sencanada.ca/en/newsroom/banc-senate-committee-to-probe-statistics-canada-request-for-canadians-banking-data/ News Release Senate committee to probe Statistics Canada’s request for Canadians’ banking data November 6, 2018 Ottawa – Following confirmation that Statistics Canada intends to compel major financial institutions to provide detailed customer banking information, the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce announced Monday that it […]

Nov 082018
 
2018-11-08    Senator ‘repelled’ by StatsCan plan to scoop customer spending data from banks,  IT World Canada

(NOTE:  list of RELATED postings at bottom  /S) Howard Solomon    @HowardITWC Several senators attacked Statistics Canada’s controversial plan to force banks to hand over personal spending data of tens of thousands of residents at a hearing today as an unnecessary intrusion of privacy. “I’m repelled by this,” Sen. David Tkachuk told the Senate banking committee […]

Mar 232018
 
2018-03-21  Cambridge Analytica and Our Lives Inside the Surveillance Machine,  The New Yorker

Alexander Nix, pictured here in 2016, was recently suspended from his position as the C.E.O. of Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of a data-mining scandal involving Facebook. n 2006, a local pollster in Nepal was kidnapped by Maoist rebels while conducting opinion surveys on behalf of the American political strategist Stan Greenberg. The […]

Feb 192018
 
2018-02-13   StatsCan says response rate to 2016 census is highest yet, CBC.   The names of those being prosecuted . . .

RELATED:   (2011 census) 2013-10   Lockheed Martin Census: StatsCan math is wrong on non-compliance. It’s 11%, not 2%. Under oath at the trial of Audrey Tobias. GOOD NEWS:    3 months in jail is no longer used to coerce citizens into relinquishing their Charter Right to Privacy of Personal Information.   (But the threat of prosecution is still […]

Jun 132017
 

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/june-11-2017-the-sunday-edition-with-michael-enright-1.4150230/canadians-just-don-t-care-about-privacy-michael-s-essay-1.4150263   3:28 minutes total At the 1:03 minute mark: . . .   Privacy is not enshrined or protected in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Privacy protection is really only something which we’ve agreed to foster because it’s the right thing to do. – – – – – – – – – MY RESPONSE TO […]

Feb 042017
 

December 12,  2016    The Government announced Amendments to the Statistics Act   – –  details at  http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=18049.   Should I have sent out an action alert?   (I didn’t.) The changes to the Act have been made, but are not in effect yet – – the Bill (C-36) has not received Royal Assent as of Feb 3. […]

Aug 012016
 

August 1 update:  see appended note I sent to the Reporter, Kevin Libin.    And his appreciated reply. I removed the copy of his article from this posting (I would have had to pay $250).   To view the article,  please copy and insert into your search engine: Statistics Canada makes a shrewd power grab – while it can.  […]

Jul 142016
 
2016-07-12   University:   Canadian researchers who commit scientific fraud are protected by privacy law.  Toronto Star.   AND response.

The publicly funded agency responsible for policing scientific fraud is keeping secret the details surrounding these researchers. Their names, where they worked, and what they did wrong is protected under privacy laws.   MY RESPONSE, FOLLOWED BY THE ARTICLE  This is an extremely important article.    It opens a door through which more information can flow.   Many […]