Protect Your Privacy
February 20, 2020
All that mandatory information you are asked for, just who made it mandatory? Sure wasn’t our privacy rights!
Yesterday an online form I was asked to fill out had many fields that were mandatory that were not required to address the matter on hand!
Letting me voluntarily fill in the information if I wanted to as is my right is one thing! But demanding got them a “middle finger solute” and a short message about maybe their competition would better serve my needs.
Nit picking, I know but if I won’t take the time to defend my rights…
Photos Of Travelers Coming In And Out Of The US Have Been Hacked And Stolen - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/daveyalba/the-us-governments-database-of-traveler-photos-has-been
Facebook loses facial recognition technology appeal, must face class-action lawsuit
Thomson Reuters · Posted: Aug 08, 2019 2:30 PM ET
Facebook agreed to pay a record $5 billion fine to settle a Federal Trade Commission data privacy probe
Remove Google from your life?
Yes, it can be done!
Google trackers have been found on 75% of the top million websites. This means they are not only tracking what you search for, they're also tracking which websites you visit, and using all your data for ads that follow you around the Internet. Your personal data can also be subpoenaed by lawyers, including for civil cases like divorce. Google answered over 120,000 such data requests in 2018 alone!
More and more people are also realizing the risk of relying on one company for so many personal services.
Most are free, though even those that are paid are worth it — the cost of not switching is a cost to your personal privacy, and the good news is we still have a choice!
Personal information and governments
February 18, 2020
Ever heard someone say if you have nothing to hide you will…. Well your private information is something that should be very well hidden! You, the man or woman have a right to that privacy!
All that mandatory information you are asked for, just who made it mandatory?
“Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies” Privacy commissioner's office says it has found 'strong indications of systemic under-reporting'
The estimate tabled in the House of Commons of the number of federal privacy breaches will fall way short of the real number.
Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it.
The new figures were included in the federal government's answer to an order paper question filed by Conservative MP Dean Allison late last month. The nearly 800-page response didn't explain the errors, which range in seriousness from minor hiccups to serious breaches involving sensitive personal information.
[Anyone surprised that the government haven’t voluntarily disclosed such a beach or trust themselves please stand up!]
"There's a significant problem with the way that the government protects personal information," said David Fraser, a privacy lawyer at McInnes Cooper in Halifax.
"The numbers that we're consistently seeing reported out of the federal government are higher than they should be and significantly higher in my view."
(As a corporate sole) “We don't get to choose as citizens what governments we deal with, and governments are custodians of a significant amount of highly sensitive personal information.” - Privacy lawyer David Fraser
Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has been pushing for changes to the Privacy Act to make breach reporting mandatory. As it stands, federal departments only have to alert affected individuals in the event of "material" breaches — cases involving sensitive personal information which reasonably could be expected to cause serious injury or harm to an individual, or ones affecting large numbers of people.
Phoenix pay system victims
February 18, 2020
Earlier this month, a report naming 69,087 public servants was accidentally emailed to the wrong federal departments. ( Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/phoenix-pay-system-privacy-breach-1.5466855?ref=mobilerss&cmp=newsletter_CBC British Columbia_472_1168
The Phoenix pay system debacle are now victims of a privacy breach after their personal information was accidentally emailed to the wrong people, says Public Services and Procurement Canada.
February 20, 2020
Students find website data leaks pose greater risks than most people realize
By Adam Zewe | Press contact https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2020/01/imperiled-information
It seems that every few weeks, news breaks of another company attacked by hackers, with personal data provided by thousands or millions of individual users stolen.
It turns out data leaks pose much greater threats than most people realize, and a hacker could easily find and exploit sensitive information on not only a person’s virtual identity, but also his or her real identity.
The immediate response to a company being breached is fear and outrage, but quickly the public response dissipates and people move on with their lives,
The “dark web,” a peer-to-peer network that isn’t indexed by search engines like Google and must be accessed through software called Tor. Here there are a number of forums where hackers share data leaks, making the information public for anyone to access. Hackers and malicious people who would exploit this kind of data can find it pretty easily,
A breach of credit reporting company Experian, didn’t get much news coverage when it occurred in 2015. It contained personal information on six million individuals. The dataset was divided by state. The data included 69 variables—everything from a person’s home address and phone number to their credit score, history of political donations, and even how many children they have.
There are sites on the dark web that archive data leaks, allowing an individual to enter an email and view all leaks in which the email appears. Now aggregate all the leaked credentials associated with you for example in one place, will reveal all the passwords and usernames that you use over and over again.”
Cyber criminal don’t have to have a specific victim in mind. They can now search for victims who meet a certain set of criteria.
Still of the opinion that you have nothing to hide when giving out your personal information?
in home listening devices
February 29, 2020
With smart speakers listening to conversations in millions of homes worldwide, efforts are growing to protect our privacy from them. Three University of Chicago professors have developed a bracelet that jams smart speaker mics, and they've made the tech open source.
Smart speakers are creepy recording devices that eavesdrop on unsuspecting people. recording everything!