CEO of Firm that modified Blackberry, Samsung phones to ‘knowingly’ help drug cartels evade police is indicted

Two recent news stories regarding cellphone technology relate to personal privacy rights. First, Phantom Secure is a company that sells modified BlackBerry and Samsung phones, has been accused of “knowingly” selling products to drug gangs in order to help them evade law enforcement. Vincent Ramos, CEO of the company along with four associates have been indicted. […]

The Internet of Things and Privacy

Lee and I will be discussing the Internet of Things (IoT) and Privacy. We’ll be looking at the concept of privacy, the Canadian privacy regime, growth in IoT technology and concerns, and potential solutions (including a discussion of the EU’s GDPR) The following video provides a bit of background on the subject:

B.C. Minister Promises Review of Alert System After Patchwork of Tsunami Warnings

The B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth says the province will be reviewing its alert system, following a tsunami warning to areas of B.C.’s coast. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska, 278 kilometres southeast of Kodiak at a depth of about 10 kilometres. Environment Canada has initially issued a tsunami […]

An App that Detects Net Neutrality Violations

An App that Detects Net Neutrality Violations

David Choffnes, a researcher from Northeastern University, has created an app that detects net neutrality violations. The app, called Wehe, is designed to test download speeds from seven apps: YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. Wehe uses your device to exchange traffic recorded from real, popular apps like YouTube and Spotify—effectively making it look as […]