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Cavoukian: You Can’t Just Ban Passwords


July 26, 2013

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Ann Cavoukian is cautioning that a petition against passwords by a group of Silicon Valley startups sends a dangerous message, ITWorld Canada reports. While Cavoukian supports technological innovation, she fears the message will cause consumers to think they no longer need passwords: “We want to ramp up security, not ramp it down." The startups argue user-created passwords are weak and policies aren’t enforced, risking security. But Cavoukian says it’s not an either-or situation, “You've got to make this user-centric. You can't just have a ban on passwords."
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