OPC launches campaign to educate children on data collection

(Jan 19, 2018) The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is launching a campaign to educate children's awareness of the ways their personal data is used and collected on devices and apps, The Toronto Star reports. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said the campaign will focus on 8,500 elementary school students across Canada. Therrien said while children may have better knowledge of technology compared to older individuals, they still need to be aware of what happens with their data when using these ... Read More

N.L. IPC tells companies to stop checking applicants' social media

(Jan 19, 2018) Newfoundland and Labrador Information and Privacy Commissioner Donovan Molloy discussed new guidelines his office has released regarding employers checking potential employees’ social media accounts, CBC News reports. Molloy is advising employers to stop checking social media when researching job applicants. Information seen on social media could lead to illegal discrimination against anyone who has applied to the job, as well as other issues related to consent. "If you're collecting information... Read More

New art matching app raises privacy concerns

(Jan 17, 2018) The latest version of Google's Arts and Culture app, which has users matching their selfies to works of art from museums worldwide, has some raising concerns about the privacy implications of sending facial information to Google, The Washington Post reports. A spokesman for Google has said the uploaded selfies are used for nothing more than art matches, and the app clarifies the company “will only store your photo for the time it takes to search for matches.” Jeramie Scott, national security cou... Read More

Twitter responds to claims of employee access to user data

(Jan 17, 2018) Twitter has published a public statement about the company’s stance on employee access to user data, saying, “We do not proactively review DMs [direct messages]. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees,” TechCrunch reports. The statement follows claims made by the controversial group Project Veritas, which alleged the company had teams of employees looking at users’ personal da... Read More

Op-Ed: User-generated content blurs the public-private line

(Jan 17, 2018) In a column for The Hill, Neil Richards discusses recent fallout from YouTube star Logan Paul after he published video of what appears to be a dead body in Japan's so-called "suicide forest." The incident, Richards states, encapsulates the significant issues with user-generated content and speaks to the inability of laws to keep up with the digital era. “Paul’s story is exceptional, but for many people it underlined the open questions we have about privacy in the digital age," Richards writes. "... Read More

Facebook tip leads to crackdown

(Jan 16, 2018) Following a tip from Facebook, Danish police were able to charge 1,004 individuals for distribution of illicit images of minors, Bloomberg reports. Facebook alerted U.S. authorities about explicit video clips and photos of two 15-year-olds found on its Messenger platform last year. U.S. authorities then alerted law enforcement officials in Europe, leading to the crackdown. While some of the charged individuals shared the materials only a handful of times, others reportedly distributed the videos... Read More

Survey: Americans favor social media to share life events

(Jan 12, 2018) ZDNet reports on the growing trend of sharing life’s milestones through social media rather than in person, as more Americans prefer the use of social platforms to broadcast updates. Social media management company Sprout Social surveyed more than 1,200 Americans to find out the ways in which people use social media to share and receive information. The survey found that 79 percent of people want to share their life events across social media platforms, with 54 percent saying they “want their ne... Read More