Raffi Cavoukian (AKA "Raffi") is best known as a beloved children's singer — I vividly remember attending one of his concerts as a child — and possibly secondarily as the brother of former Ontario Privacy Commissioner and excellent privacy advocate Ann Cavoukian, but in recent years, he's emerged as a smart, acerbic political activist whose anti-Trump and climate-oriented tweets are as much as source of uplift as his Baby Beluga was when I was a kid.
A new Snowden leak reported on the CBC reveals that secretive Canadian spy-agency CSEC was illegally spying on Canadians by collecting information from the free Wifi service in major airports and cross-referencing it with intercepted information from Wifi at cafes, libraries and other public places in Canada. — Read the rest
This week on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's excellent Search Engine podcast, host Jesse Brown has posted part one of a fantastic interview with Ann Cavoukian about the risks associated with RFID-enabled identity cards and other personal objects and devices.
Jesse frames the issue as well as I've heard it ever framed: "They freak me out. — Read the rest
Michael Geist's "C-61 in 61 Seconds" Youtube competition — in which netizens were encouraged to make 61-second videos explaining what was wrong with Canada's proposed equivalent to the US DMCA — has just come to end. Judges that include BNL's Stephen Page and Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian selected three entries as their winners. — Read the rest
Here's a one-hour video of a magnificent lecture from Canada's Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr Ann Cavoukian, to the University of Waterloo's Computer Science Club. The talk is called "Privacy by Design," and it charges technologists to build tools that minimize the collection and retention of personally identifying information, and to consider a complete, end-to-end, comprehensive framework for protecting user privacy. — Read the rest