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Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors

Members of the intelligence-sharing alliance Five Eyes, along with government representatives for Japan and India, have published a statement over the weekend calling on tech companies to come up with a solution for law enforcement to access end-to-end encrypted communications.

The statement is the alliance’s latest effort to get tech companies to agree to encryption backdoors.

The Five Eyes alliance, comprised of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have made similar calls to tech giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Source: Five Eyes governments, India, and Japan make new call for encryption backdoors | ZDNet

Privacy, effectiveness among concerns of robocall-blocking apps

If you’re one of many Canadians who’ve considered alternative measures to block robocalls to your smartphone, a consumer agency says you should be aware of the dangers.

Whether or not the apps are effective is another matter, as most services won’t be able to completely block out the calls. Other features that some apps offer, such as answering calls with nonsensical messages, may actually result in a number getting more scam calls than before.

There is also the concern that a blocking app may expose your personal information, especially when it comes to those that require access to your voicemail.

Source: Better Business Bureau says there are better ways to block auto-dialers than using an app | CTV News

Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

Canada’s privacy regulator is admitting the government’s contract tracing app can’t provide a 100% guarantee of anonymity.

“True anonymity, technically speaking, would require the complete and permanent impossibility of reversing the data processes at play, which could reveal sources of personal information and so re-identify individuals,” says Vito Pilieci, spokesman for Canada Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien.

“Our understanding of the situation is that while the identification of users would be highly improbable, it would not be impossible.”

Source: Canada Admits COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Does Not Guarantee 100% Anonymity

Canada’s Supreme Court upholds Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

On July 10, Canada’s Supreme Court issued its Reference re Genetic Non‑Discrimination Act decision, surprising many by upholding the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act’s constitutionality in a 5–4 decision.

The GINA decision of the Supreme Court itself lends support to Canadian claims that privacy is important and fundamental to Canadian law and adds a significant “plus” on our privacy ledger.

Source: Canada’s Supreme Court upholds Genetic Non-Discrimination Act

Quebec Will Force Uber to Share Trip Location Data

Privacy advocates are concerned that the new law can paint an unsettling picture of people’s movements in Quebec.​

A new law that regulates taxis and ridesharing apps in Quebec will require real-time geolocation data, including pick-up/drop-off points and route information, to be shared with municipal governments and approved third parties.

Source: Quebec Will Force Uber to Share Your Trip Location Data – VICE

Canada’s Federal Court sidesteps constitutional questions in Google ‘right to be forgotten’ case

Google LLC was handed a setback this month in a case over the so-called “right to be forgotten” when Canada’s Federal Court adjudicator ruled that it won’t delve into the thorny constitutional questions wrapped up in the matter.

Instead, the Federal Court will judge two specific points related to Canada’s privacy law, in a reference case brought forward by federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien.

The right to be forgotten does not currently exist in Canada as it does in Europe, where people can contact search engines and request that links be removed from search results related to a person’s name, if they feel that the information is “inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant.”

Source: Federal Court sidesteps constitutional questions — for now — in Google ‘right to be forgotten’ case | Financial Post

Does Canadian Privacy Law Matter if it Can’t be Enforced?

While the U.S. relies on binding enforcement of privacy policies alongside limited sector-specific rules for children and video rentals, Canada’s private sector privacy law, which applies broadly to all commercial activities, has received the European Union’s stamp of approval, and has a privacy commissioner charged with investigating complaints.

The weakness of Canadian law became evident last week when the federal and British Columbia privacy commissioners released the results of their investigation into Facebook arising from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. After a brief negotiation, the Facebook simply refused to adopt the commissioners’ recommendations.

Full article: Does Canadian Privacy Law Matter if it Can’t be Enforced?

Facebook breached Canada’s privacy law

Canadian regulators on Thursday found that Facebook committed “serious” breaches of local laws over its mishandling of users’ personal information, announcing they would take the company to court to force it to change its privacy practices.

The new legal salvo from Canada comes after federal authorities and provincial regulators in British Columbia determined that Facebook had in place “superficial” protections for users’ data and failed to keep close watch over third-party apps that accessed that information.

Source: Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data breach leads to Canada privacy violation finding – The Washington Post

Companies should get ‘meaningful consent’ for user data, privacy watchdog says

New guidelines come into effect Jan. 1, give guidance for private sector companies’ use of Canadians’ personal information, but no enforcement.

The guidelines make clear that it’s no longer sufficient for companies to simply provide a legal disclaimer — that most users will never read — to obtain consent to collect, use and monetize users’ personal information.

Full article: Companies should get ‘meaningful consent’ for user data, privacy watchdog says | The Star

Privacy concerns rise as Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch

Facebook Dating, which was previously piloted in Colombia, operates with users creating profiles that are separate from their Facebook ones and kept out of sight of friends. Facebook Dating’s Canadian roll-out comes as the technology giant is embroiled in privacy concerns following a series of data breaches.

Some experts said the dating offering will raise privacy concerns of its own and is unlikely to assuage worries about the platform – even if Zuckerberg previously claimed “we have designed this with privacy and safety in mind from the beginning.”

Full article: Facebook chooses Canada for dating feature launch, but privacy concerns abound | CTV News

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