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
What likely started out as a school prank has turned into a popular video series called Surveillance Camera Man Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDumyGJdLrU also Video 2 and Video 3. Although parts of this video series are obnoxious, it does raise the Continue reading Recording video or taking pictures in public
I read a post today on the IAPP‘s Daily DashboardÂ talking about a “privacy-friendly” “positive side of facialÂ recognition”. It suggests that Ontario’s Information and Privacy CommissionerÂ Ann Cavoukian has endorsed this usage of biometric encryption.Â Having a strong understanding of privacy and only Continue reading Are surveillance systems using biometric scanning really privacy-friendly?
I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and like to support a privacy forward future, don’t hesitate to download and support Retroshare. Continue reading Retroshare
The cloud is a current buzzword in technology, referring to remote storage space on the internet. The big challenge with using free cloud storage, as a privacy advocate, is you don’t know what the people on the remote end are Continue reading Free cloud storage
I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy: Script blockingÂ (browser plugin that blocks scripts by default, the most important plugin one can have!) GhosteryÂ (browser plugin that shows how many trackers any given website is Continue reading The browser tracker test
I mentioned a few months ago for those wanting to leave Google search to give DuckDuckGo a try. There’s another alternative as well, called ixquick. Give it a try as well, and see which one you like the best. You Continue reading ixquick, an alternative, privacy forward, search option
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?
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 toÂ Alasdair Allan (firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ @aallan) andÂ Pete Warden (email@example.comÂ @petewarden) for releasing this finding, they even released Continue reading I’m showing your MAC with my Apple
My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operating system to map hostnames to IP addresses. The hosts file is Continue reading A must have hosts file