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Next month a new law in Europe will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious.  The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privacy in 20 years.  A slew of recent high-profile breaches has brought the… Read more »

More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data

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While Facebook desperately tightens controls over how third parties access its users’ data – trying to mend its damaged reputation – attention is focusing on the wider issue of data harvesting and the threat it poses to our personal privacy.  Data harvesting is a multibillion dollar industry and the sobering truth is that you may… Read more »

Geek Squad staff ‘paid by FBI’ to flag illegal imagery

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Best Buy’s computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest. They indicate that several of the US company’s Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery. The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship “circumvents computer owners’ Fourth Amendment rights” to privacy. Source: BBC… Read more »

U.S. internet service providers get green light to sell user data — but what about Canada?

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Privacy protections designed to prevent U.S. internet service providers from sharing or selling subscribers’ personal information with third parties — without permission — were dismantled by U.S. Congress on Tuesday. It means that information about the apps American internet subscribers use, the websites they visit, and the things they purchase online — among other things… Read more »

Canadian policies on cellphone searches at border aren’t easy to find

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When you travel to the U.S., customs agents can search your smartphone, laptop and other electronic devices at will — a longtime policy that has attracted renewed scrutiny in light of President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban. Canadian customs agents can do the same, but unlike their U.S. counterparts, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) doesn’t make its… Read more »

Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are

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Facial recognition technology has evolved at breakneck speed, with consequences that could be benign or altogether more sinister, depending on your point of view.  High-definition cameras combined with clever software capable of measuring the scores of “nodal points” on our faces – the distance between the eyes, the length and width of the nose, for… Read more »

Dropbox Didn’t Actually Delete Your ‘Deleted’ Files

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Dropbox recently restored years-old “deleted” files for some customer accounts by accident, drawing attention to a potential privacy problem.  Files supposedly deleted by customers from the company’s servers were instead retained for as long as eight years, according to several reports over the past few weeks. The company apologized for what it has described as… Read more »

Top 5 social media scams to avoid

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Description: Scammers have been worming their way into giant social media networks to trick people into giving over their personal and financial information Source: CNN Money Date: April 22, 2016 1. Fake customer service accounts on Twitter: Online criminals set up fake customer service accounts to phish for bank login and password information and other sensitive… Read more »

Google, Facebook and other tech giants file in court to support Apple’s fight against the FBI

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Description: The biggest names in the Internet technology world have officially put their legal support behind Apple in its controversial and high-stakes battle with the FBI. Source: Mashable Date: March 3, 2016 Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Airbnb and a dozen other prominent companies filed a joint amicus brief in court Thursday afternoon. The amicus curiae, or “friend… Read more »