#CyberFLASH: Report Implores Canadian Internet Providers to be More Transparent About Protecting Consumer Data

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A new report authored by privacy experts suggests Canadian Internet providers “need to be much more transparent about how they protect their customers’ private information.”

The report found all providers have room for improvement, though smaller independent providers tend to be more transparent overall than their larger counterparts and for more visibly keeping domestic Canadian Internet traffic within Canada. Entitled Keeping Internet Users in the Know or in the Dark, the report was released today by IXmaps and New Transparency Projects.

However, Canadian ISPs are overall more transparent than the foreign carriers that handle domestic Canadian internet traffic, according to the report.

“We’ve just seen that in 99% of Canadian Border Services Agency’s requests for subscriber information, telecom companies have turned this sensitive data over without a warrant. Internet providers must be accountable to the Canadian public for how they handle our personal information,” says Andrew Clement, a University of Toronto professor who spearheaded the project alongside Dr. Jonathan Obar.

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