B.C. NDP quietly dismantling privacy protections for British Columbians

On November 25, 2021, amendments to B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 165 (“FOIPPA”) came into force through Bill 22-2021. The three notable changes I’ll document here are are the data-residency provisions, adding fees to Continue reading B.C. NDP quietly dismantling privacy protections for British Columbians

Are surveillance systems using biometric scanning really privacy-friendly?

I read a post today on the IAPP‘s Daily Dashboard talking about a “privacy-friendly” “positive side of facial recognition”. It suggests that Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has endorsed this usage of biometric encryption. Having a strong understanding of privacy and only Continue reading Are surveillance systems using biometric scanning really privacy-friendly?

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

What info does Facebook have on me?

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal data request form which I was told was created specifically for people in the EU. Continue reading What info does Facebook have on me?

I’m showing your MAC with my Apple

News broke yesterday that iPhones have been keeping user’s travel patterns in both the iPhone, as well as the computer it is being backed up to. Thanks to Alasdair Allan (alasdair@babilim.co.uk @aallan) and Pete Warden (pete@petewarden.com @petewarden) for releasing this finding, they even released Continue reading I’m showing your MAC with my Apple