#CyberFLASH: Privacy watchdog to look at electoral reform survey amid privacy concerns


Canada’s privacy watchdog intends to look into the Trudeau government’s new online survey on electoral reform after concerns have been raised about invasion of privacy.

Canadians must be willing to disclose detailed personal information if they want their views on electoral reform to be included in the results of the online questionnaire.

The MyDemocracy.ca survey does not ask respondents to reveal their names but it does ask them to disclose gender, age, highest level of education attained, occupational work area, combined household income, first language learned, level of interest in politics and current events and whether they identify as a member of a specific minority group.

Respondents are also asked to provide their postal codes so that their region of residence can be determined — a request that’s particularly raising eyebrows.

In many instances, supplying a postal code would be enough to identify the individual, according to Ottawa University technology law expert Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce law.

A spokeswoman for privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Tuesday that his office can’t comment because it hasn’t yet looked into the survey in detail.

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Eye of the storm: Canadian findings from the 2012 Global State of Information Security Survey® (GISS)

CANADA — This PwC report presents noteworthy data from the survey in Canada and highlights key similarities and differences in the results from the global base, as well as PwC’s point of view regarding trends in information security.

The survey results identify four characteristics of organizations with leading information security practices: overall strategy in place; reporting to the “top of the house” i.e. the CEO, COO, CFO or legal counsel; measuring effectiveness of information security in the past year and understanding security events that occur in the organization.

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