“Not able to disclose for privacy reasons” is usually not true

Fellow Canadians, especially journalists, when a person or organization can’t respond to a request citing “privacy reasons”, let that be a huge red flag to your ears. Demand to know which privacy law they are referring, and to which specific Continue reading “Not able to disclose for privacy reasons” is usually not true

The browser tracker test

I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy: Script blocking (browser plugin that blocks scripts by default, the most important plugin one can have!) Ghostery (browser plugin that shows how many trackers any given website is Continue reading The browser tracker test

Canada’s massive public traffic surveillance system

Do you think such a thing could be implemented without any public consultation or corporate media attention? It exists. About 6 months ago at an Ideas Victoria meeting, Kevin S McArthur brought up the fact Victoria Police were using cameras on some Continue reading Canada’s massive public traffic surveillance system

Canadian newspapers and financial institutions compromise you instead of protect you

On Vancouver Island, you might pick up the Times Colonist newspaper to see what’s happening. There are little to no privacy risks if you buy it from a stand. However on the internet, where the company has the opportunity to Continue reading Canadian newspapers and financial institutions compromise you instead of protect you

Identity theft at UVic

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (PII) of over 11,000 people was on it, including social insurance numbers (SIN), as well as bank account information. Continue reading Identity theft at UVic