Ontario’s Privacy-Protective Facial Recognition System

Efficient and accurate authentication of individuals is a growing challenge across a number of sectors. There are currently three main forms of authentication, based on something you know, something you have and something you are. The third form is especially interesting in light of biometric technologies as a means of verification. This article explores some recent applications of biometrics in Ontario.

OLG and OIPC Announcement
On November 12, 2010, Tom Marinelli, the Acting CEO of the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Dr. Ann Cavoukian, the Ontario Information & Privacy Commissioner (OIPC), announced a new development in privacy-protective facial recognition technology. [...]

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Secure Flight & Privacy Rights

The US Secure Flight Program has garnered much public concern and disapproval in Canada, where many Canadians are finding themselves subject to the controversial regulations when flying over US airspace. Aviation security is a high priority issue for the Canadian federal Privacy Commissioner, who earlier this year carried out an investigation of airport security scanners being installed in Canadian airports. While security is an issue in the aviation industry, the Privacy Commissioner, along with other privacy watchdogs, insist that security measures must also respect the privacy and personal dignity of travelers in Canadian [...]

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Identity Management and National ID Cards

According to the OPC (Office of the Privacy Commissioner), the concept of identity is defined simply as how a person is known, either by other people, or by an organization. An individual’s identity is a distinguishing set of information that may vary from context to context. For instance, family and friends may identify a person by certain traits; an employer might identify a person by role, skill or position; and a service provider might identify a person by a unique identification number. This article examines identity concepts and identity management systems that citizens come in contact with on a daily basis, as well as the possibility of a national identity [...]

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RFID Technology

In recent years, RFID (radio frequency identification) has caught the attention of privacy watchdogs, civil organizations and the general public. Its ability to identify and track items as well as individuals raises a number of privacy and security concerns, while the potential for integration into numerous contexts has increased with the development of technology. Discussion and integration of RFID in the workplace, retail situations and other environments should be informed by a number of privacy-respecting practices that will be explored in this [...]

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