Canadian Identity Theft Support Centre: A Pioneer in its Field

This article takes a look at the climate of identity theft-related crimes in Canada, a type of crime which is quickly growing and costing Canadians billions of dollars each year. The Canadian Identity Theft Support Center recently opened in March 2012 and hopes to assist victims of identity theft in navigating systems of redress and reclaiming their identity. The Centre was based on a similar organization located in San Diego, California, and currently offers one-to-one assistance through their toll-free number, as well as online toolkits, prevention guides and other [...]

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Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories”

On March 29, 2012, Debbie Douez filed a class action lawsuit against social networking giant, Facebook, alleging that its “sponsored stories” advertising practice breaches British Columbian privacy law. The problem was that a Facebook “like” was being equated with consent to use a person’s name and photo in ads on their friends’ pages. Companies and organizations can pay Facebook to have these ads show up repeatedly on friends’ pages. According to the BC privacy commissioner’s office, the practice is covered under BC’s Privacy Act, BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act [...]

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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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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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Consumer Authentication in Canada

Electronic authentication is common in this information-driven society, as daily transactions through electronic services and the Internet require remote electronic authentication. Online transactions are increasingly seamless through the connection of multiple devices which offer services to consumers that were previously unattainable. Many authentication systems collect and use the personal information of users in a way that compromises their privacy and security. Authentication systems must be designed to give consumers more control over their personal information, promoting user security and effective privacy [...]

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