New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

The proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 builds a foundation of trust and transparency between citizens, companies and government, while ensuring that innovators and businesses benefit from a modernized framework with clear rules.

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

Trudeau government set to introduce privacy bill aimed at protecting Canadians

The Liberals have signalled their intention on the parliamentary notice paper to introduce a bill that would create the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act. Story continues below advertisement.

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

Mall real estate company collected 5 million images of shoppers, say privacy watchdogs

The real estate company behind some of Canada's most popular shopping centres embedded cameras inside its digital information kiosks at 12 shopping malls in major Canadian cities to collect millions of images — and used facial recognition technology without customers' knowledge or consent — according to a new investigation by the federal, Alberta and B.C. privacy commissioners.

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

Ontario police used COVID-19 database illegally, civil rights groups find

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) said in separate reports that many services used the database to look at COVID-19 test results for wide geographic areas and sometimes pulled up personal information unrelated to active calls.

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Team with Canadian military intelligence unit data-mined social media accounts of Ontarians during pandemic

Brig.-Gen. Conrad Mialkowski, who had PiT assigned to his headquarters during the Canadian Forces pandemic response, said the team did not break any laws or violate military regulations.Such information helps inform the Canadian military about the situation they would be operating in during the pandemic, said Mialkowski, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Byron Holland: Facebook harms its customers and competitors with little to no consequence

Civil liberties groups, grassroots activists, multinational corporations and network operators like my group, the Canadian Internet Regulatory Authority (CIRA), have banded together to boycott the social media giant for its failure to curb the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech on its platform.

Clearview AI stops facial recognition sales in Canada amid privacy investigation

Clearview AI stops facial recognition sales in Canada amid privacy investigation

Clearview AI will no longer sell its facial recognition software in Canada, according to government privacy officials investigating the company.Government officials from Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta provinces continue to investigate Clearview AI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police use of its facial recognition software despite Clearview’s exit.

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

Report finds massive drop in Canadians’ willingness to disclose personal information for free online services

The report will help inform policy discussions ahead of the Canadian Internet Governance Forum, which has been rescheduled to November 24th and 25th due to COVID-19.Overall, the report shows Canadians growing anxiety about cybersecurity-related issues, including a significant drop in their willingness to disclose personal information for better content and services online.

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.

Canadian passengers from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship hit by federal gov't privacy breach

Canadian passengers from virus-stricken Zaandam cruise ship hit by federal gov't privacy breach

(Holland America Line)Tilley said she didn't notice either of the Global Affairs emails sent on April 1, because she was so preoccupied with the COVID-19 outbreak plaguing the cruise at the time.

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.

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

'The Charter still applies': Canadians urged to monitor civil liberties during pandemic

Provincial police spokesman Guy Lapointe told Montreal's La Presse on Friday that under the public health emergency, officers do not need a warrant signed by a judge to track people using geolocation.

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.

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).

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it.

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.

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.

Ad company AggregateIQ broke privacy laws on Brexit, U.S. politics, investigation finds

Ad company AggregateIQ broke privacy laws on Brexit, U.S. politics, investigation finds

An investigation has found AggregateIQ (AIQ), a Victoria-based online political advertising company, failed to meet its obligations under Canadian privacy laws when it used and disclosed the personal information of millions of voters in British Columbia, the United States and the United Kingdom.

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.

After China, Pakistan signs up to monitor citizens' online activity: Report

After China, Pakistan signs up to monitor citizens' online activity: Report

Pakistan has acquired the services of a Canadian surveillance company, Sandvine and is working on creating a nationwide "web monitoring system".Coda Story reported on Thursday that Sandvine will provide the Government of Pakistan equipment for monitoring and analysing all incoming and outgoing internet traffic in the country.

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

Canadian News Outlet Warns Canadians That US Law Enforcement Officers Will Pull Them Over And Seize Their Cash

He points out that the Canadian government has no law limiting the amount of cash Canadians can take into or out of the country, but that has no bearing on what any local police force inside the US would consider to be the "legal" amount of cash a person -- especially a foreign citizen -- can carry.

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.

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.

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

Five Eyes alliance reportedly looping in Germany, Japan against China

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland then confirmed that a second national could be facing trouble in China after the detainment of Canadian diplomat on leave Michael Kovrig in Beijing earlier this week, although she said that Chinese authorities "have not described the situation ...

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.

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.

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Canadian Cops Will Scan Social Media to Predict Who Could Go Missing

Israel said that the risk of false positives increases when predictive models use data of “questionable fidelity” such as social media posts.

RCMP Has Yet to Complete Privacy Assessment on Social Media Surveillance Tech

RCMP Has Yet to Complete Privacy Assessment on Social Media Surveillance Tech

More than a year after the RCMP started using new technology to monitor Canadians’ social media use — and three years after it purchased the surveillance software — it still hasn’t completed the required privacy impact assessments.

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