Many mobile apps still ask for unexplained access to device data

Too many mobile apps are collecting private subscriber data without explaining why they need it, according to a study by international government privacy commissioners. Dubbed the Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, examiners from

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Global agreeement on surveillance needed, says Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton has called for an international agreement on the amount of information governments are collecting electronically. “At some point, I think there needs to be a global pact

Published on: September 4th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How much is too much IT security?

Usually security implementers are aware of all the red tape they create, and evaluate the trade-offs against the value of what they are guarding. Usability and efficiency are certainly important, but it is

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

US has automatic cyberattack software, says Snowden

Science fiction has a way of creeping into reality -- or vice versa. Take, for example, the idea that computers will become so intelligent they will automatically launch weapons at the first sign

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

An unlimited appetite for data

Law enforcement and government intelligence agencies will insist they can never gather too much information when conducting an investigation. They're probably right. On the other hand, if let completely lose these agencies would probably collect

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Court to look into police ability to get wireless subscriber data

The ability of Canada's electronic spy agency and police departments to monitor residents' digital communications is back in the news this week, with a report in The Globe and Mail on how close

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Microsoft loses email case, gets chance to appeal

Last month we told you of a U.S. court case to keep an eye on involving a government attempt to get Microsoft to hand over email data held in one of the company's

Published on: August 7th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A U.S. case Canadian CSOs should keep an eye on

CIOs and CSOs have some concerns about their enterprises storing data offshore, particularly in the U.S., over worries that there's a risk sensitive corporate or customer data can't be protected from government reach.

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Rogers, Telus insist on warrants for subscriber information

When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled last month that police needed a search warrant to get basic subscriber information from Internet providers, it seemed clear that if law enforcement agencies only had

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon