Contact tracing apps can be helpful to track the spread of COVID-19, but questions about “trust and legitimacy” might affect their uptake. … [Read more...] about Should British Columbians be concerned about COVID-19 contact tracing privacy?
In a world of political monkey-see-monkey-do, in which our own Prime Minister has assured that "there is nothing we won't do” to keep Canadians safe, comes a new and credible threat to Canadians' privacy, freedoms, and democratic institutions from the other side of the globe. On May 8th, New Zealand was applauded for proactively publishing several dozen papers that … [Read more...] about Public Health Privacy Predicament
In the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Westerners were astounded that China would require its citizens to show a QR code that "rates people as red, yellow, or green risks. To enter an apartment complex or a market, residents must scan a QR code at a manned checkpoint, letting the system know where they are and producing a one-time color code pass to show the guard.” The … [Read more...] about The New Winkel
As some agencies have stopped accepting requests, an international human rights organization is calling on all levels of government in Canada to continue answering access to information requests — and prioritize ones that relate to government accountability. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/covid-foi-systems-1.5519114 … [Read more...] about Alberta plan to use smartphones to enforce quarantines raises privacy questions
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages bank accounts worldwide, one Ontario-based company is looking to create what one housing lawyer called a "blacklist" of renters who missed payments on April 1, raising concerns among privacy experts and tenant advocates. … [Read more...] about Landlord service draws criticism for creating ‘blacklist’ of tenants who missed April 1 rent