This week privacy was in the news ….  wait a minute: Since whistleblower Edward Snowden started leaking documents last summer there hasn’t been a week when privacy wasn’t in the news.

What I meant to say is privacy was again in the news: At an M2M conference I covered in Toronto there were questions about handling personal data collected by the so-called Internet of Things. A Florida judge awarded victims of a health insurer’s theft of their personal data US$3 million. Then Ontario’s respected privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian announced that when her current term expires she’ll become director of a privacy and big data institute at Toronto’s RyersonUniversity.

So I thought for this week’s FollowFriday I’d introduce three Canadians who tweet on privacy.

Enter today’s #FollowFriday, or #FF. If you’ve been on Twitter and don’t know what this is, it’s a Friday standby where Twitter users recommend a list of accounts to others. For example, you might tweet, “#FF @itworldca @itbusinessca @compdealernews” to encourage your followers to follow these accounts, especially if you see value in their tweets.

Lawyer David T. S. Fraser, who I interviewed for the Florida story, is author of the Canadian Privacy Law Blog, where he writes detailed columns. An Internet, technology and privacy lawyer with a Halifax law firm, his clients range from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He’s also co-counsel for a number people suing Health Canada over the loss of their personal information. He’s the past president of the Canadian IT Law Association and the former chair of the national privacy and access law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Barry Sookman is a member of the technology law practice at a Toronto law firm.

He’s the author of a six-volume treatise on computer and e-commerce law, co-author of a book on Canadian and international copyright law and a contributing author on a book on Canadian privacy law. And he’s a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association.

His tweets often encompass legal cases from around the world.


Finally, John Wunderlich is a Toronto information security and privacy consultant who helps organizations manage personal information. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, government departments, health information custodians and IT service providers. He’s also co-author of a legal book on corporate risk and privacy. And he’s a Six Sigma Black Belt.

He tweets several times a day on hot news, mostly on privacy but sometimes on things ranging from climate change to Canadian politics

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