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Call to take genetic privacy more seriously

Genetic data represents a powerful currency in the medical and pharmaceutical field. The problem is, a new study finds, we haven't developed clear definitions or a framework as to what "genetic privacy" means.

Leading browser privacy tool 'doesn't do anything'

The “Do Not Track” function, which is found on browsers and which is designed to signal to any websites visited not to track users, does not actually work.

Q&A: Time to reform Canada's data privacy laws? Special

Do Canadians have “the right to be forgotten?” Canada’s privacy watchdog plans to ask the Federal Court for clarity and at the same time this is being challenged by Google. Expert Éloise Gratton weighs in.

Toronto Smart City adviser resigns over data concerns

Toronto - Saadia Muzaffar, who is a member of Waterfront Toronto’s Digital Strategy Advisory Panel for the project, has resigned arguing that the project is not taking concerns about how Google will collect and handle data collected from people.

Q&A: Analyzing GDPR's impact so far Special

Although it's now been over 90-days since it was enacted, GDPR has left corporations across the world at a loss for what to do and ensure compliance. Some solutions are provided by Bryan Clark, of global law firm Vedder Price.

Q&A: Does the U.S. need a data privacy law? Special

Waterloo - The new European data privacy law has significant implications for businesses and consumers, changing the way data is stored and accessed. Do other high income countries, like the U.S., need something similar? Teresa Scassa discusses.

Q&A: Data ownership conundrum in the data driven world Special

Waterloo - As data driven economies rapidly rise, so do serious questions about who owns data and what ownership entails. Teresa Scassa, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation provides some insights.

First ever GDPR notice issued to firm linked to Brexit

London - A data firm based in Canada, which acted on behalf of the Vote Leave campaign (which is seeking to promote the U.K.'s impending exit from the European Union), has been hit with the first ever GDPR notice in relation to U.K. activities.

Campaign group puts case against facial recognition

London - Facial recognition technologies are growing in sophistication and are becoming increasingly used by governments and companies to identify individuals. While some support the enhanced security, others, like Liberty, express concerns.

Why California's data privacy law is set for U.S. roll out: Q&A Special

The U.S. state of California has agreed to implement a new data privacy law, along the lines of a new regulation recently enacted in Europe. Could this be the trigger for a U.S.-wide roll-out? We talk with data privacy expert John Tsopanis, of 1touch.io.

Companies ramp up data privacy in wake of attacks

Companies are making major investments in data security, in wake of attacks, and in data privacy, in order to meet righter regulations like GDPR, according to a new worldwide survey of business practices.

Facebook and Google at top of GDPR complaints list

One day into the new European data privacy law - GDPR - and several hundred data privacy complaints have been logged. Topping the list are Facebook, Google, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Still worried about GDPR? Expert provides advice Special

The GDPR aims to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business. This carries risks and benefits for businesses; moreover, all businesses need to consider data privacy.

Users of social media are unaware of how their data is used

Various aspects of research use social media data. This ranges from advertising to social studies that look at how communities react to major news events. Whatever the merits of the research, most social media users are unaware.

Op-Ed: All’s fair in love and privacy wars

As reports from the first quarter have shown, Facebook hasn’t lost any steam from its recent Cambridge Analytica debacle.

Is it time for European businesses to learn to love GDPR?

According to a new review, instead of being something to worry about, the European GDPR provides new opportunities for businesses to keep customers happy, improve brands, and to improve business analysis.

Mark Zuckerberg revealed one of his 'great regrets'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he regrets not having a bigger impact on "the way that mobile platforms developed" in the last decade.

Current privacy practices will work in an autonomous world

For those developing autonomous and connected technology, and who see considerable value in collecting and analyzing data, a new approach might be needed if consumers are to continue to ‘buy into’ their personal data being used for such purposes.

Warning: Your Smart TV could be spying on you

As the Internet of Things advances and more and more items become connected data security and privacy become hotly debated topics. One area of concern is with the growing prevalence of smart television sets.

BlackBerry faces battle with Pakistan over privacy of user data

Islamabad - The Canadian company BlackBerry Ltd., formerly known as Research in Motion, has decided to delay closing down operations in Pakistan until at least December 30, as it continues negotiations with the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority(PTA).

Experts: Apple HealthKit grows mHealth data privacy concerns Special

Apple's HealthKit for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch is increasing consumer adoption within the mobile healthcare industry, but experts are concerned about the data privacy issues that still remain unsolved.

Op-Ed: It’s time to ask some hard questions about Facebook

People rightly question government access to personal data but they don’t seem to mind that a private company like Facebook controls more and more of their information and activities and drags its heels on privacy concerns. This is worrying.
 

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