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Machine Learning: Privacy in Processing

  • April 15, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

Machine learning is shaping our society. It is used virtually everywhere. Simply living modern life has created an explosion of data. Improvements in processing capabilities allow for unprecedented levels of analysis. Machine learning is a core component of artificial intelligence….

Apple’s New iOS to End Invisible Tracking

  • March 31, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

We are tracked. All day, every day. We are tracked so that data brokers can learn what we are susceptible to and refine how to profit from exploiting what they know about us. The nature of this tracking is about…

An Affront to Privacy: Clearview AI in Canada

  • February 14, 2021
  • Heather Ferg

Clearview AI scraped billions of photos from the internet and turned them into a powerful facial recognition tool used by at least 30 Canadian law enforcement agencies. Earlier this month, Canadian privacy officials released a report of their investigation into…

Canada’s New Data Protection Bill: Is It Adequate?

  • December 31, 2020
  • Heather Ferg

On November 17, 2020, the Canadian federal government tabled Bill C-11 in the House of Commons. If passed, the Digital Charter Implementation Act will enact two new pieces of legislation: the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Data Protection Tribunal Act. Together,…

Border Searches Ruled Unconstitutional

  • November 15, 2020
  • Heather Ferg

Canadian constitutional law recognizes that international travellers have a reduced expectation of privacy when crossing the border. Border officers have extraordinary powers to question, detain, search and seize that are grounded in the right of Canada to protect its national…

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