New DNA analysis revealed that Calvin Hoover killed Christine Jessop in 1984. Toronto Police Chief James Ramer sits next to a screen displaying photos of Calvin Hoover during a news conference on Oct. 15, 2020.
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Christine Jessop was murdered in 1984 and, 36 years later, DNA evidence finally identified her killer. But the police investigation's use of genetic genealogical databases raised questions about privacy.
Differential privacy lets organizations collect people’s data while protecting their privacy, but it’s not foolproof.
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Differential privacy lets people to share data anonymously, but people need to know more about it to make informed decisions.
Many online users give consent for use of their data without worrying about the implications.
Our current digital era and reliance on technology favours information as a form of capital.
The voices of recreational cannabis users are curiously missing from the official debate about legalisation.
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Facebook relies on targeted ads for a large proportion of its income, and reacted with fury over Apple's new privacy opt-in.
"Alexa, why are the likes of Google and Amazon so determined to get us all to buy smart speakers?"
With face masks now compulsory or recommended in various parts of the country, how are facial recognition systems functioning?
Banning TikTok and WeChat would cut off many Americans from popular social media.
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Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.
Children now use several online accounts to manage different learning platforms.
Children need to learn how to manage their own accounts and passwords as an extension of their identity.
Facial recognition algorithms are usually tested using white faces, which results in the technology being unable to differentiate between racialized individuals.
Technology is not neutral, as facial recognition algorithms and predictive policing have shown us. Algorithms discriminate by design, reflecting and reinforcing pre-existing biases.
Not everyone who votes at home gets to do so in complete privacy.
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Voting at home is safe from fraud and disease, but gives up a key advantage of in-person voting at official polling places: a secure, safe environment where everyone can cast their ballot secretly.
Online classes that require cameras to stay on may pose challenges for students.
Lack of privacy is a top concern for students required to log on to online courses, a scholar argues.
Using data to manage the spread of coronavirus means that work and everyday life could quickly resume.
A national health plan that uses data to assess individual risk and control disease outbreaks would have created less disruption than the current coronavirus pandemic response.
Podium placards promoting the COVID Alert app are seen on a table on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on July 31, 2020.
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Canada’s COVID Alert app maybe be privacy-safe, but the government has failed to release any information about what effect it expects it to have on COVID-19 transmission.
Cyberspace has become indispensable during the COVID-19 pandemic, heightening the need for online protections.
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Self-regulation by the technology industry has failed to keep people safe online. That's a job for government.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks via video conference during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2020, in Washington.
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Taming Big Tech's market power requires addressing their monopoly over user-related data collection instead of employing traditional antitrust measures such as breaking up the firms.
The major browsers have privacy modes, but don’t confuse privacy for anonymity.
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Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'
For decades experts have puzzled over why most people claim to have privacy concerns, but few actually do enough about it.
The regulation of user privacy must consider potential future applications of any collected data.
Any update too Canada's current regulations to manage online privacy and data protection needs to anticipate emerging trends in data collection.
Are you ready to start sharing your personal information with an app developed by Google and Apple?
In response to the Covid-19 epidemic, more than 50 countries have developed tracing applications to help alert citizens and authorities when outbreaks occur. But the process is anything but simple.