Susan on the Soapbox: CSEC Exonerated

Mr Jean-Pierre Plouffe, CSEC watchdog, has determined that CSEC is off the hook,it did not direct any activity at Canadians or persons in Canada.  He’s hanging his hat on the distinction between “collecting metadata” and “tracking Canadians”.  I guess if CSEC activity isn’t “directed” at Canadians, then CSEC bears no responsibility if it just happens  to ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Forget “Angry Birds” Where are the Angry Canadians?

Saturday’s headline in Canada’s “newspaper of record”, The Globe and Mail, was not “Harper government caught spying on Canadians” but “Rob Ford admits jaywalking ticket in Vancouver”.  Are you kidding me??? Let’s review the week, shall we? Angry Birds It started with Edward Snowden revealing that American and British spy agencies target smartphone applications like ...

Politics and its Discontents: Privacy Concerns Or Just Plain Secrecy?

I started working on a post the other day about government and institutions’ penchant for claiming ‘privacy concerns’ as an excuse for withholding the kind of information that true democracies are entitled to. However, I haven’t had a lot of energy the past few days, so I think I will let Ontario Information and Privacy ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Emails Undeleted

Hard to figure out exactly what’s going on here, at least for me. Information and Privacy Commissioner  Ann Cavoukian’s statement suggests that Ministry of Government Services staff found the long-gone emails, put does not get more specific than that.  If I were to guess, I’d guess that the original computer advice she was given indeed turned out ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Privacy breaches can cost $214 per record — Cavoukian

  The audience laughed when Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian said she got called on a weekend over a major privacy breach. “I don’t know how they got my home number,” she said teasing. Cavoukian rushed downtown to Toronto’s … Continue reading →