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Telus: More Transparency from Telcos

In response to concerns about widespread Internet surveillance by police and law enforcement agencies, Telus Corp released yesterday its 2013 transparency report which reveals that it has received more than 100,000 requests for customer data from the government and law enforcement agencies in 2013. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued a Statement in April […] Read more

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An officer and a porn movie

A Montreal female police officer Stefanie Trudeau also known as Matricule 728 (or Agent number 728), earned infamy during the Quebec 2012 student protests. She was also caught on video (which went viral), violently arresting a man drinking beer outside his apartment for which she is currently facing one count of assault. AD4 Distribution Canada, […] Read more

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Mobile apps and privacy challenges

The WSP reports that most mobile apps don’t respect users’ privacy. The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) undertook last May a second privacy sweep demonstrating the ongoing commitment of privacy enforcement authorities to work together to promote privacy protection around the world. It is reported that some 26 privacy enforcement authorities in 19 countries participated […] Read more

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Is behavioral advertising harmful?

The Economist published a great piece on behavioral advertising : “Getting to know you: Everything people do online is avidly followed by advertisers and third-party trackers”. I blogged yesterday about the fact that the article raises an interesting point: industry players often take the position that since they do not know the users’ names, what they are collecting […] Read more

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Should behavioral advertising profiles qualify as “personal information”?

The Economist published a great piece on behavioral advertising today: “Getting to know you: Everything people do online is avidly followed by advertisers and third-party trackers”. The article discusses the fact that gathering information about users and grouping them into sellable “segments” has become important for the $120 billion online advertising economy. The article raises an […] Read more

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Deleting Sensitive Material from iCloud

The reported iCloud security incident, which exposed photos of celebrities, has highlighted the potential risks of storing files online. According to a WSP article, the iCloud vulnerability was exposed on the code hosting site Github: developers discovered that Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature could be compromised by a brute force attacks, which is an attack […] Read more