Canadians have been shocked to learn that police in this country have for the second time this year admitted to spying on reporters. What makes the recent disclosures most ironic is not that police officers were the ultimate targets, or that spying was approved in the absence of an actual judge—but that much of the meta-data sought by Montreal police may have already existed on a government server, and could have been obtained without a warrant, thanks to the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Act (known as “Bill C-51”).
In fact, in his latest annual report to Parliament, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner identified 58 such instances where Canadians’ information was collected and shared without prior judicial approval in the first six months of this year alone. READ MORE “Why Spy on Reporters When You Can Spy on CEOs?”
Less than 24 hours after the controversial Investigatory Power Bill passed through the U.K. House of Commons, former Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he believes there should be no “absolute right to privacy.”
The bill, referred to as the Snooper’s Charter by privacy and human rights advocates, will require internet service providers and mobile phone companies to maintain records of customer’s emails, texts, internet browsing activity and voice calls for 12 months.
READ MORE “William Hague: ‘No One Has Absolute Right To Privacy’”
Not a week goes by where a data breach doesn’t rear its ugly head – recently we have seen Tumblr and LinkedIn fall victim to cyber attacks, while TalkTalk, Sony and Target have become big name brands synonymous with the ‘mega breach’ moniker, seemingly mentioned in every introductory paragraph of data breach rhetoric. MySpace is reportedly the next giant to be exposed in a mega breach, rumoured to be the biggest data breach yet – though we will have to wait to see if this accolade materialises.
In CBR’s data breach series, we have told you how to identify if a data breach has hit your business, followed with what to do in the first few critical hours after discovery. Response to a data breach must be led by quarantine, blocking the threat and removing the malware or vulnerability. However, there is a non-IT side to every response plan – a side which is just as important as the technical response in the mitigating of damages to the business. READ MORE “The public relations nightmare that is a data breach: How to avoid a PR disaster and protect your business & customer base”
What’s your secret? Encrypted instant messaging is the latest trend, from apps like BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), Telegram and Signal to Wire, Wickr and Surespot. Not forgetting Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime. Before we know it, everything will be encrypted. It mostly already is.
Encryption often crops up when talking about criminals, usually painted as a tool for terrorism, but that’s just spin from power grabbing politicians – we already live in an encrypted world. ATMs, phone calls, bank transfers, even the files we sync with Dropbox – it’s all encrypted. It’s got to be. The trend towards encrypted messaging apps is just the latest part of the jigsaw. READ MORE “The silent web: Is encryption here to stay?”
When it comes to social networks, we all have at least one, probably a few actually. Most social networks were developed to be a great way to stay connected to friends and family members who might be far away from each other. They are also a great way to connect with people who you might have things in common with, like a group for a certain sports team. Facebook, probably the biggest social network today, was designed for college students to connect with one another and connect with other students who they don’t have an everyday interaction with. I have a Facebook account and loved that I could stay in touch with my family back home in Pennsylvania when I was living in Connecticut. They or I would share photos, thoughts, and other things that allowed the other to share with.
Let’s face it though, a lot of my friends on Facebook, aren’t actually that big of friends to me in real life. READ MORE “Just10 Review by BerryReporter.com”
In just one decade, social media has become an integral part of everyone’s lives. Over 1.6 billion people have created profiles, collectively posting hundreds of millions of photos every day, and tweeting six thousand times every second — indeed one recent survey revealed that Canadians socialize more online than in real life.
Which begs the question, if we’re all having such a great time socializing, then why does study after study indicate the country is suffering from rising levels of anxiety, stress, depression and even suicide? The latest research suggests up to 20 per cent — or one in five — of Canadians under the age of 19 are affected by a mental illness.
READ MORE “Social Media Is Proving To Be A Detriment To Our Mental Health”
Today is a special day in our office.
After what feels like an eternity of hard work, debate, healthy snacks, unhealthy snacks, testing, retesting, and re-retesting (thank you New Zealand!) we’re finally opening up Just10 to a global audience.
We know there’s a lot of features missing, and there’s definitely bugs that we haven’t yet identified, but today we’ve reached a point where we can proudly and publicly hang our shingle and let the world know what we’re trying to achieve.
READ MORE “Finally – There’s an Ad-Free & Private Social Network!”
Today we’re delighted to announce that our pre-release product goes live in one country only, and that country is… drum roll please… New Zealand!
Why New Zealand You May Ask?
Well firstly, people in New Zealand are some of the most educated consumers in the world when it comes to Privacy and Data Protection. One recent study done by the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner revealed that 77 Percent of New Zealanders had changed their Facebook privacy settings to private. By my calculation, that means nearly 6 out of 10 adults in New Zealand want a fully private social network.
READ MORE “Kia Ora – New Ad-Free Social Network for NZ”