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Canada Dashboard Digest | New Halifax alert app stirs privacy concerns Related reading: Norwegian DPA publishes privacy survey



Global News reports privacy advocates have become wary of a new citywide alert app in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Questions have been raised as to whether the Halifax Regional Municipality performed a proper review of the hfxALERT system, which officials admitted was not subject to a privacy impact assessment. The app asks for personal information, such as location data and contacts lists. "I don’t know why an app with this sort of described functionality would be looking for information about the user’s contact [list]. I don’t know, for example, whether it’s kind of tracking your location all the time by default," McInnes Cooper Partner and Privacy Lawyer David Fraser said.
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