#CyberFLASH: Samsung’s Spying TVs Raise Ire Of Ann Cavoukian, Ex-Privacy Czar

images-85Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian has called Samsung’s recording of private conversations through smart TVs “unbelievably outrageous” and has called for tougher regulations on WiFi-enabled technology.

“With Samsung, it’s like all of sudden you have to monitor what you should say in your home — the last bastion of privacy, a place that’s supposed to be sacrosanct. Are you kidding me?” she said, as quoted by the CBC.

As Ontario’s privacy commissioner from 1997 to 2014, Cavoukian developed the privacy-by-design principles now being used as a global standard for ensuring data protection. Those rules require manufacturers top make privacy the default setting on their products, among other things.

Cavoukian says Canada is falling behind in regulating WiFi-enabled devices, and tighter rules are “crucial.”

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