Free online 'threat blocker' launched in Canada as successful COVID-19 scams multiply

Free online 'threat blocker' launched in Canada as successful COVID-19 scams multiply

As the number of successful pandemic-related scams continues to grow online, Canada's cyber spy agency is helping to launch a new — and free — threat-blocking tool for all Canadians to use.

Snowden warns about authorities exploiting pandemic to increase surveillance, track individuals

Snowden warns about authorities exploiting pandemic to increase surveillance, track individuals

In Canada, reports surfaced last week that the federal government has not ruled out using Canadians cell phone location data to track people's movements during the coronavirus epidemic.

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

Warning: Zoom Sends Encryption Keys To China (Sometimes)

When Citizen Lab looked at where their U.S.- and Canada-based Zoom conversations were being routed, the researchers discovered encryption keys were sometimes sent to Beijing, though would be handled by servers in other countries, too.

How Canada Should Ensure Cellphone Tracking to Counter the Spread of Coronavirus Does Not Become the New Normal

How Canada Should Ensure Cellphone Tracking to Counter the Spread of Coronavirus Does Not Become the New Normal

For example, Israel has implemented a system that involves the collection and use of cellphone location data to identify at-risk individuals, who may receive text messages warning that they need to self-quarantine.

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

Toronto, Canada is now using phone location data to track if people are congregating

This past Monday, Toronto Mayor Tory announced at a virtual TechTO meetup that the government has been receiving location data from wireless carriers and telecommunication companies in the area to show where people are still congregating and flouting social distancing – The Logic reports.

Facial recognition company Clearview AI probed by Canada privacy agencies

Facial recognition company Clearview AI probed by Canada privacy agencies

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian privacy authorities have launched an investigation into New York-based Clearview AI to determine whether the firm’s use of facial recognition technology complies with the country’s privacy laws, the agencies said on Friday.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Several government departments in Canada have compromised the personal information of 144,000 individuals across 7,992 data breaches that occurred over the past two years, according to a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

Lifelabs Data Breach, the Largest Ever in Canada, May Cost the Company Over $1 Billion in Class-Action Lawsuit

An October hack of medical testing company LifeLabs exposed the sensitive personal information of an estimated 15 million Canadians.The LifeLabs data breach included lab test results and national health card numbers along with personally identifiable information including names, dates of birth, home addresses and email addresses.

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers.LifeLabs said that its investigation so far indicates that the accessed test results were from 2016 or earlier and belonged to about 85,000 customers.

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

Pager systems used in healthcare could be exposing patient data across Canada

VCH declined an interview and provided an email statement that said, in part, their health authority “has clear privacy protocols to protect patient information and we take breaches of privacy extremely seriously.” They also said they recently made changes to their systems to limit patient information sent through paging broadcasts and are working with B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner as they “move to alternate technologies.”.

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

"Anything that arrives at the border is subject to being searched - that means anything," postmaster Kathleen Case told the BBC.Some days every item of mail - which are placed in a bonded truck in Canada and then sent about 80km (50 miles) through Maine and over the international Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - is inspected.

Desjardins Group data breach hit all 4.2 million members: Quebec finance minister

Desjardins Group data breach hit all 4.2 million members: Quebec finance minister

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A June data breach that hit Canada’s Desjardins Group has affected all of the financial cooperative’s 4.2 million members, prompting government reforms to protect personal information in the Canadian province of Quebec, an official said on Friday.

Credit Info Exposed in TransUnion Credential Stuffing Attack

Credit Info Exposed in TransUnion Credential Stuffing Attack

Using a credential stuffing attack, an unauthorized person was able to gain access to a TransUnion Canada web portal and use it to pull consumer credit files.

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Working with technologists, policy experts, and industry partners, we’ve crafted a set of principles that we believe will help ensure the internet remains open, trusted, and people-centred.

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

Juul's app-connected e-cigarette keeps tabs on your vaping

The product, called the Juul C1, pairs with an Android-only app via Bluetooth and has been launched in the UK after a trial in Canada, as reported by The Financial Times.

Capital One Canada

Capital One Canada

Capital One is not calling or texting customers regarding the cyber incident and is not asking for credit card or account information, or Social Insurance Numbers over the phone or via email.

UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand meet to discuss the “ghost protocol” aka built in encryption backdoors

UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand meet to discuss the “ghost protocol” aka built in encryption backdoors

Representatives from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand recently finished a two day meeting in London where the countries renewed their commitment to seeking encryption backdoors from technology companies around the world. Private Internet Access continues to protest against government encroachment on tech companies and will never built in any encryption backdoors or ghost protocols.

Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans

Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans

Banking institution Capital One has just revealed that it’s suffered a data breach that exposed the names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, dates of birth, and self-reported incomes of approximately 100 million Americans, and 6 million in Canada, due to a “configuration vulnerability” in the servers of an unnamed cloud computing company hosting the bank’s data.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Own report) - In the dispute over boycotting the Chinese Huawei corporation, the German government is considering joining a campaign of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing network, it was reported in Canada and Australia.

List of Canada–United States border crossings

List of Canada–United States border crossings

Four Falls Brown Road New Brunswick East Road Russell Road Maine Canada still provides Customs services seasonally, but US-bound traffic is prohibited, and has been since the US border station closed in the 1960s.

Your phone is not safe at the Canadian border

Your phone is not safe at the Canadian border

The Canadian laws that govern searches of digital devices at our borders must be updated and strengthened to protect the privacy of people in Canada. People in Canada need a legislated regime with built-in rights of challenge, as well as public transparency and reporting obligations.

Canada's military spies can collect, share info on Canadians, directive says

Canada's military spies can collect, share info on Canadians, directive says

Representative picture OTTAWA — Canada's military spies can collect and share information about Canadian citizens — including material gathered by chance — as long as it supports a legitimate investigation, says a newly disclosed federal directive.

Company Advertised American, Canadian, Indian Phone Location Data for Sale

Company Advertised American, Canadian, Indian Phone Location Data for Sale

A company headquartered in Los Angeles recently advertised the sale of real-time phone location data for devices in the United States, Canada, India, and said it would soon offer the same service in the Philippines.

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

“I want to thank prosecutors Andrew Young, Ben Katz and Mark Pletcher, as well as the FBI, DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Washington State Police, the Bellingham and Blaine Police Departments, and all of our law enforcement partners around the world, including Australia, Canada, Panama, Hong Kong, and Thailand for their hard work on this case,” Brewer said.

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

An empty chair and nameplate are pictured after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 28, 2019.

Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

[Text On Screen: Canada's Digital Charter — Trust in a digital world]. The Honourable Navdeep Bains : And we must find a way to protect that data, while still being open to the economic opportunities of a data-driven world.

Canada Border Services seizes lawyer's phone, laptop for not sharing passwords

Canada Border Services seizes lawyer's phone, laptop for not sharing passwords

As more people travel with smartphones loaded with personal data, concern is mounting over Canadian border officers' powers to search those phones — without a warrant.

YVR under fire after blocking ads with information on travellers’ privacy rights

YVR under fire after blocking ads with information on travellers’ privacy rights

The ads were commissioned by the digital rights non-profit Open Media and were meant to be posted at the YVR terminal of the Canada Line.“They were large, bright ads with very simple text that said, ‘Your phone is not safe at the border,’ with a link to our website,” said Open Media executive director Laura Tribe.

Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

Privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court, says company breached privacy laws

Canada's federal privacy watchdog plans to take Facebook to court following an investigation that found the social media giant broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting Canadians' personal information.

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