Saturday, November 28


Business, Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity, privacy, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Canada’s Top Cybersecurity Agency Names Four Countries As ‘Greatest Strategic Threats’

The Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security has revealed that state-sponsored programs in China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea pose the greatest strategic threats. In its last annual report, the agency revealed that state sponsorship is generally the most sophisticated threat to Canadians. State-sponsored threat actors are motivated by economic, ideological, and geopolitical objectives. Its activities include cyber espionage, intellectual property theft, online influence operations and disruptive cyber attacks. Actors are likely to try to develop cyber capabilities to disrupt critical infrastructure, such as electricity supplies, to further their goals, according to the report. "We consider it highly unlikely, however, that cyber threat actors will intentionally seek to disrupt Canadi...
Business, Government, Navdeep Bains, privacy, Privacy & Cloud, Security

Proposed privacy bill promises transparency for Canadians and heavy penalties for organizations

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has presented the proposal Digital letter implementation law to modernize Canadian privacy laws. Bains pointed out at a press conference that the law will give Canadians greater control over their data and provide transparency on how companies handle personal information. The new legislation creates a new Consumer Privacy Protection Act, which eliminates the electronic documents section of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). If the bill passes, companies could face fines of up to five percent of their revenue or $ 25 million, whichever is greater, for serious crimes. Bains declared that these would be the "strongest fines among the G7". The law gives the privacy commissioner powers to make orders, including th...
Business, Cadillac Fairview, privacy, Privacy & Cloud, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Security

Cadillac Fairview collected millions of images from buyers without consent, privacy watchdog say

Cadillac Fairview collected images from five million buyers without consent, according to federal privacy commissioners, Alberta and BC. The commissioners 'investigation reveals that the commercial real estate company incorporated cameras into its digital information kiosks in 12 Canadian shopping malls and used facial recognition technology without customers' consent. The company claims that the goal behind the scenes was to analyze the age and gender of buyers and not to identify individuals. Cadillac Fairview says shoppers learned of the activity through stickers it had placed on the mall's entrance doors that referred to its privacy policy. However, the commissioners found this measure to be insufficient. "Commissioners foun...
Business, COVID-19, Government, Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada, privacy

Privacy regulator cites urgent need to reform law amid COVID-19 pandemic

Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is citing the urgent need for legal reform to address privacy concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the commissioner's annual report, presented in Parliament Oct. 8, Therrien says the pandemic is raising new privacy concerns in a context where federal laws do not provide effective protection. "Federal laws simply fall short of protecting our rights in our rapidly evolving digital environment," the commissioner said in the report. “We need a legal framework that allows technologies to produce benefits in the public interest while preserving our fundamental right to privacy. This is an opportune moment to show Canadians that they can have both. " The report highlights that since the start of the pandemic, technology has been essential in pr...
Business, Google, Government, microsoft, Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada, privacy, Zoom

Canadian and global privacy watchdogs pen letter to video conferencing giants

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, along with other global privacy authorities, have published an open letter to companies that offer video conferencing services. The open letter reminds the companies of their obligations and duty to comply with the law and handle user personal information responsibly. It’s been signed by Commissioner Daniel Therrien and privacy authorities based in the U.K., Australia, Switzerland and China. It’s intended for all companies that offer video conferencing services, and has been sent directly to Microsoft, Google, Zoom, Cisco and House Party. The privacy watchdogs outline that although video conferencing tools are essential right now, the ease of staying in touch must not come at the expense of people’s data protection and privacy rights. They note th...
Apple, Google, iPhone News, privacy

US Lawmaker Urges Apple and Google to Provide Users More Data Privacy Info

A top US Democrat wants Apple and Google to force app developers to provide information on data privacy to their users, amid concerns raised by federal officials that China and Russia pose a national security risk through mobile applications. According to Financial Times, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, chairman of the subcommittee on nationwide safety inside Home Oversight, wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai to request details about the locations customers’ knowledge is saved from app builders. Mr. Lynch said the FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence have said mobile applications with ties to foreign adversaries pose a risk to American national security, which prompted his requests to Apple and Google. “As industry leaders, Apple and Google can ...
Jumbo Privacy can help you stay protected online [App of the Month]
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Jumbo Privacy can help you stay protected online [App of the Month]

If you’re worried about protecting yourself online, mobile app Jumbo can help put your mind at ease. When you set up the app, you provide it with information like your email address, Gmail account, social media accounts and more, and it offers a ton of tricks to lock down your online life. For instance, once I set it up on my Android phone, the app asked me to delete older Facebook posts, block in-app trackers, and it found four different accounts that used my primary email that have been compromised. The best part about the app is how accessible it is. During set up you can choose either ‘beginner,’ ‘intermediate’ or ‘pro’ depending on how much you know about digital privacy. I choose intermediate, and every time I tapped on a setting, I was greeted with a brief popup explaining wh...
Apps & Games, clipboard, clipboard snooping, iOS 14, linkedin, News, privacy, Reddit

LinkedIn, Reddit to fix how their apps copy iOS clipboard contents

It appears the clipboard reckoning is upon us. Both LinkedIn and Reddit have announced plans to stop repeatedly copying data from the clipboard following a change in iOS that exposed clipboard snooping. Popular app TikTok was also found reading users’ clipboard contents, as well as 53 other apps revealed by security researcher and app developer Mysk, which completed some of the research in Canada. Shortly after Apple’s 2020 WWDC event, developer sessions revealed new details about upcoming changes to the company’s operating systems. Plus, developers and enthusiasts got their hands on beta software and began exploring all the changes. One of the more interesting changes with iOS 14, the next version of Apple’s iPhone operating system, is a new way to handle the clipboard. iOS 14 noti...