Jun 052020

April 23, 2020 TO:  Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, CCLA (Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc) CC:  Brenda McPhail It was good to hear Michael Enright’s interview of CCLA’s Brenda McPhail, Sunday Edition, April 19th   (CCLA, Director, Privacy, Technology & Surveillance Project). Brenda did a fine job of addressing the implications of Personal Data Collection. […]

Nov 282019

No fines for misusing information in political campaigns, because privacy commissioners don’t have power to impose penalties. Andrew MacLeod Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria and the author of All Together Healthy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2018). Find him on Twitter or reach him at amacleod@thetyee.ca   Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien […]

Feb 192019
2018-10-23  2 articles:  'City of surveillance': privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project.  &  A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here’s why that’s troubling, the Guardian

Wired neighborhood planned by Google sister company has raised questions over data protection Gabrielle Canon     @GabrielleCanon Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs has promised a ‘thriving hub for innovation’. Photograph: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images When it was announced last year that a district in Toronto would be handed over to a company hoping to […]

Feb 172019
2019-02-16   How Taylor Swift showed us the scary future of facial recognition, The Guardian

Surveillance at concerts is just the beginning, as fears grow around an unregulated, billion-dollar industry   Gabrielle Canon in San Francisco   @GabrielleCanon Fri 15 Feb 2019 11.00 GMT;    Last modified on Sat 16 Feb 2019 01.40 GMT   Taylor Swift has used facial recognition software for safety at events – but how far should the […]

Dec 222018

US Embassy Shopping List,  from Wikileaks Website 21 December 2018 Today, 21 December 2018, WikiLeaks publishes a searchable database of more than 16,000 procurement requests posted by United States embassies around the world. All US embassies post requests for quotations and job listings on their websites when they need to purchase goods or services. In […]

Nov 212018
2015-09-30  Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border,   Earth Island Journal

Members of Deep Green Resistance denied entry to Canada on the way to a Chris Hedges’ lecture Adam Federman   Three members of the radical environmental organization Deep Green Resistance and two other individuals were detained for more than seven hours at the Peace Arch border crossing between Washington State and British Columbia on their […]

Nov 182018
2018-11-16    Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation, by Bruce Schneier.  From "The End of Trust".

Bruce Schneier   is an internationally renowned security technologist. He teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School, and serves as special advisor to IBM Security. His new book is called Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World.   Years ago I contacted Bruce Schneier because of Lockheed Martin’s role at Statistics Canada […]

Nov 182018

From: Bruce Schneier Sent: November 15, 2018 Crypto-Gram November 15, 2018 by Bruce Schneier CTO, IBM Resilient schneier   AT   schneier.com https://www.schneier.com A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise. For back issues, or to subscribe, visit Crypto-Gram’s web page. Read this issue on the web These same essays […]

Nov 162018

the light went on.   I remember what “under the Law” means in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. (NOTE:  List of RELATED postings at bottom)   There’s a BLIND SPOT that creates confusion.  And down the garden path we go. the word PRIVACY  used in two different contexts has different meaning. If you do not […]

Nov 162018

(NOTE:  list of RELATED postings at bottom) by  Bill Curry   Canadians strongly oppose Statistics Canada’s plan to obtain personal banking records – and most would not consent to participating, according to a new Nanos Research survey.   The survey suggests the federal government is on the wrong side of public opinion in its defence […]