While packing for next week's trip to Toronto for the Symposium, make sure you catch up on the news from this past week. It seems like every week there are more and more privacy-related stories in the news, and it's hard to keep track. Hopefully, taking the time for the Digest is helping you out in that regard.
There are several stories about IoT and the myriad ways in which organizations are starting to collect information. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg.
One story is about how telematics devices are being offered by insurance companies to their insured drivers. If you agree to be monitored while driving, you are subject to getting a better insurance rate. While that scenario is different, it nevertheless reminds me that a little while ago, the Federal Privacy Commissioner warned the insurance industry about the use of genetic information in making life and disability insurance decisions. I see how the stories are different, but they are also similar in one important respect: the idea that you can give up your privacy for something concrete like better insurance premiums.
In Canada, we have the reasonableness test that is supposed to be used before an organization collects, uses or discloses personal information. Even if Canadians consent, it doesn't necessarily mean that the organization can do it. What do you think? Will the insurance companies be able to convince a regulator or court that the privacy trade-off they are offering is reasonable?
Let me know your thoughts on this topic or any other news story next week at the Symposium. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.
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