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Bill S-4 – (The not quite) Digital Privacy Act ?

I had originally wanted to wait until the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a report on Bill S-4 before commenting but decided that I should just go ahead and post something about this senate bill.

This bill was proposed to help in the cases of security breaches, to help control identity theft. But unfortunately it may also cause individuals to have their information given to third parties without their consent or knowledge.

“an organization may disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual if

(a) the disclosure is made to the other organization, the government institution or the part of a government institution that was notified of the breach under subsection (1); and

(b) the disclosure is made solely for the purposes of reducing the risk of harm to the individual that could result from the breach or mitigating that harm.” – Bill S-4, Section 10.2 (3)

Furthermore warrants may not be required under Bill C-13 and the costs associated to the infrastructure required to keep records of your online activities would be passed onto either consumers and/or taxpayers.

Are to believe this bill is meant to improve our situation ? We would be paying more for internet and give more private information to a government that was just hacked because of the Heartbeat Bug.

I think this bill needs to be re-written. And if you do too I think you should sign the Open Media petition on Privacy.

Thank you.

Important Message For PC Users

Microsofticon will be ending their support for XP on April 8th, 2014.

This means that you have a month to upgrade to retain support for your PC.

Their will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for this operating system so upgrading to Windows 7icon or Windows 8icon is recommended.

Please note that an upgrade to Windows 8.1icon is provided free to those upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 8icon and that file backups are recommended prior to upgrading.

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Adobe Hacked

Adobe had been breached and have issued a consumer security alert.

Those of you with accounts at Adobe have probably received emails asking you to reset your password. You may also want to keep an eye out for Phishing attempts by fraudsters claiming to be Adobe and unusual activity on the credit cards you’ve used on Adobe. 

For additional details, consult the consumer security alert linked above.

More Information Added

I’ve decided to add a Security/Online Storage listing because I think it’s quite important for people to secure their computers and backup their most important files.

Many malicious programs are handled by Microsoft and Apple but there are a multitude of software packages that help protect computers from malware, spyware and viruses. And if your computer fails because of these programs or a hardware issue, it’s always great to have backups of your content.

I’ve backed up documents, photographs and videos online on Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive, both of which offer free storage. And I’m currently considering getting more space for my future needs from a paid service.

By the way, you may already have access to the aforementioned free services if you have email accounts on either gmail, hotmail or yahoo. And Google currently offers 15 gigs storage for free whilst Microsoft offers 7 gigs and Yahoo offers 2 gigs storage for free.

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