Last week, an unsigned Microsoft Word document critical of Samuel A. Alito Jr., a federal appeals court judge who has been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bush, was the subject of discussion on many right wing blogs. Apparently, an analysis of meta data that was contained in the document revealed that the origin was the Democratic National Committee.
I guess the DNC needs a refresher lesson on the dangers of sending Word documents.
Continue reading Need to watch out for meta data
Wired has an interesting article about war driving for video. Basically, using commonly available baby monitors, it is possible to intercept feeds from 2.5 ghz wireless video cameras which are being utilized more and more. Of course, using WEP-enabled WIFI video camera technology can offer substantially more privacy.
Ontario’s Commissioner issued the first order under Ontario’s Personal Health Information Privacy Act (PHIPA) against a paper disposal company and clinic for breach of privacy in medical records. Medical records being used as props on a Toronto movie set. David Fraser has the details on his blog.
Order HO-001 (PDF)
A federal judge has rejected the US Government’s request to track the location of a mobile phone user without a warrant. Federal Magistrate James Orenstein in New York reaffirmed an earlier decision that tracking cell phone users in real time required a showing of probable cause that a crime was being committed.
Continue reading Federal Judge Rejects Warrantless Cellphone Tracking
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released a case summary regarding a number of complaints it had received after CIBC notified its VISA cardholders that it utilizes a service provider located in the United States and that there is therefore the possibility that U.S. law enforcement or regulatory agencies might be able to obtain access to Canadian cardholders’ personal information under U.S. law.
While the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has gone on record stating that the privacy implications of anti-terrorism legislation and outsourcing need to be the focus of continued public debate, the Assistant Privacy Commissioner stated that the central issue of these complaints was whether the bank acted in accordance with its obligations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the Act) – the finding of the Assistant Privacy Commissioner was that CIBC was in fact meeting its obligations under PIPEDA.