The Privacy and Access Council of Canada is among the 40 countries and 60 non-governmental organizations that participate in the annual celebration of International Right to Know Day to raise awareness about governments’ decision-making processes. Exercising the right to gain access to information is a vital aspect of democracy and good governance that is necessary for the … [Read more...] about Get to Know Your Right to Know
Decrypting the secrets of human existence promises better health, lower costs, and safer environments, and new technologies delivering that promise have quickly gained popularity. At-home DNA tests offer insight about hidden health risks, and the potential for improved outcomes through lifestyle changes and personalized improvement programs. DNA test results can also be used … [Read more...] about Discovering the unexpected from genetic testing
It happened again, twice in three days, at the annual general meeting of two different regional non-profit groups: Members were told that they can find critical membership information on the group’s Facebook page. How refreshing it was to see someone else stand up and declare, “I don’t use Facebook. Never have. Never will.” After 15 years of the world being told that … [Read more...] about Mommy, Where’s My Photo Going?
In 1930, Grant Wood created the classic “American Gothic” that reflects a simpler time, when people knew their neighbors. The masterpiece has been the inspiration for countless imitations. Like this one of Mike McNair and his bride. They captured a moment in time and were proud to tell the world of their delight. A few years later that joy was compounded when they became … [Read more...] about Privacy: Future Tense
Legislation and technology have made it impossible to keep information in one place. Like a toppled glass of fine whiskey, our information flows smoothly and is impossible to catch or put back in the bottle. A hundred years ago, after a decades-long public relations campaign, lawmakers put a cork in the production and consumption of intoxicating spirits. But as with so many … [Read more...] about Doobie or Not Doobie: Privacy in a Digital World