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Privacy and Surveillance in the News

January 26, 2010

Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News Service. Canadians Wary of Online Privacy Promises. The National Post (Jan 25, 2010).

Only a tiny fraction of Canadians who use social networking sites actually trust the operators to keep their personal information private and secure, a government-sponsored survey has found.

The newly released results found that only 6% trust the sites, compared with 79% of Canadians who don’t trust them at all. Fifteen per cent said they were neutral on the question.

Don Butler, Canwest News Service. Public Not Worried About Increased Surveillance: Report. The National Post (Jan 14, 2010).

The use of surveillance cameras on city streets in Canadian cities is “mushrooming,” but so far the public appears unconcerned, according to a new report by the Surveillance Camera Awareness Network (SCAN).

Google Street View Goes Live in Canadian Cities, CBC News, October 8, 2009.

Google has tried to address the privacy concerns of Street View brought up by Canada’s privacy commissioner. The company has added privacy features to the service, including the automatic blurring of faces and licence plates to avoid identifying people and cars and an easy method for asking that images be removed.

Google Maps Street View:

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