Privacy and data protection

In 2018 Ottawa introduced new privacy rules designed to better safeguard the personal data of Canadians, but even security experts say they are far from perfect. Many feel Canada should further tighten its data protection and privacy legislation. This collection explores the question while also considering how we can ensure companies become more transparent in disclosing to their customers the personal data collected about them on the Internet.

  • 2019
  • 13-14
  • 19 Titles

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The National Pregnancy, privacy and third-party marketing

A Toronto woman who signed up for a mailing list at a maternity store and later miscarried was shocked to receive a package of formula in the mail. She told CBC’s Go Public she was surprised about the extent to which her personal information was shared with third-party marketing companies.
  • 2019
  • 00:02:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/12/2019

News in Review - November 2018 Censoring Online Information: The Right to be Forgotten

The internet is a tool for accessing information about others. But once online, those stories live on forever. False or incorrect reports about individuals online can tarnish reputations, damage families and upturn careers. Some countries have legislation to help with that. It’s called the right to be forgotten. But Canada doesn’t have this legislation. And it’s got some people calling ...
  • 2018
  • 00:12:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/29/2018

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News in Review - October 2018 Safeguarding Social Media: Facebook's Challenge

Facebook has been the shooting star of social media platforms. Nothing could stop its meteoric rise as two billion users signed up to communicate and share online. But recent scandals from fake news to extremist content have plagued the firm and users are losing trust. If the firm cannot secure personal information and stop hackers, how can users feel safe? ...
  • 2018
  • 00:14:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/16/2018

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The National Why murder victims' identities should be made public

Relatives say the identities of murder victims should be made public, to prevent them from becoming statistics. The push is in response to a proposed policy in Regina to keep the victims' names a secret. The argument is that there is nothing to gain by releasing them.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:59
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/03/2018

The National Toronto's waterfront could show the future of data collection

Toronto's waterfront is the location for the plans of a smart city — one that provides the blueprint for the future of data collection.
  • 2018
  • 00:03:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/13/2018

The Weekly Zeynep Tufekci on Facebook's business model

Socio-technologist Zeynep Tufekci says Facebook’s business model is problematic. She tells the CBC’s Wendy Mesley that your data can be used to identify your politics and your personal weaknesses – even if you have never disclosed it.
  • 2018
  • 00:06:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/23/2018

Marketplace Are your apps spying on you? Apps and your privacy

When you download popular apps, you could be giving companies permission to do a lot more than you think — to track your location, read your texts, access your photos, even access your microphone and camera. Are you really prepared to say yes to all those permissions? With help from data developers, the Marketplace team creates a horoscope app to investigate how ...
  • 2016
  • 00:22:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/31/2017

Desjardins Vignettes Protecting your identity

It's very important to protect personal information such as your name, address, email address and password, as they can be used to identify you.
  • 2014
  • 00:01:17
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/03/2014