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Geist: The Great Canadian Data Grab

DATA PROTECTION

October 18, 2013

In a piece for The Huffington Post, Michael Geist reports on “the great Canadian personal data grab.” The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) recently updated its mobile app and advised users who installed it that RBC would gain access to a wide range of their personal data. But RBC isn’t alone; Air Canada has a similar practice with its loyalty program. “The personal data grab from two of Canada's best-known companies is part of a disturbing privacy trend involving a seemingly insatiable desire for customer information,” Geist writes, adding the “demands stretch Canadian privacy law to its limits and run the risk of placing user data at risk for security breaches.”
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