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Opinion: Data Linking Could Mean “Surveillance by Design”

ONLINE PRIVACY

December 16, 2011

In an op-ed for the Financial Post, Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian weighs in on the ongoing debate about lawful access legislation, raising concern over "the lack of understanding of a key privacy issue--the ease of data linkages in an ever-increasing online world." Cavoukian suggests, "We have reached a point where information, not only as strongly identifiable as Social Insurance numbers, but also IP addresses, licence plate numbers and mobile device identifiers, serve as pointers to personally identifiable information, through an ever-expanding web of data linkages." She cautions that lawful access legislation could lead to a system of "Surveillance by Design."
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