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Cavoukian Warns Data Anonymization Rare

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 27, 2012

Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian has warned citizens to consider what types of information they decide to share because evolving technology and advanced algorithms are making it more difficult to keep disparate bits of personal information anonymous, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. "We have reached a point where information--not only strongly identifiable Social Insurance numbers, but also IP addresses, licence plate numbers and mobile devices--serve as pointers to personally identifiable information," Cavoukian said. "This bears little resemblance to anonymous information." Meanwhile, Cavoukian is holding a public event today to discuss the implications of proposed lawful access legislation.
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