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Thursday, November 17, 2005

American firms breach the privacy of Canadians

How would you feel if you found out that your private information, your cell phone call history for example, was available on the web? Here is Jonathon Gatehouse's description of Jennifer Stoddard's reaction when he showed her what he had bought online.

"Her eyes widen as she recognizes what has just been dropped on the conference table in her downtown Ottawa office -- detailed lists of the phone calls made from her Montreal home, Eastern Townships' chalet, and to and from her government-issued BlackBerry cellphone. Her mouth hangs open, and she appears near tears. 'Oh my God,' she says finally. 'I didn't realize this was possible. This is really alarming.'"

See Schneier's blog for some discussion of the matter.

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