As a big user of social media, both personally and particularly for work, I am always concerned about privacy. My privacy settings are set on the highest options on Facebook, I’m still loathe to do online banking via my smartphone. Our publications — Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, InHouse, and 4Students — are all represented in various social media be it Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or blogs like Legal Feeds. What I say and do is everywhere online and controlling it is important.
Beyond that, practically every adult Canadian at some point banks online, checks their credit card statements online, uses a debit card, takes advantage of online e-mail services like Gmail or Hotmail, has bills or statements sent to them electronically, files their taxes online. And if you’re not doing it yourself, your credit card company, bank, online music or video service, and more are maintaining and/or transmitting your personal information electronically. Even the pictures and signatures on our driver’s licences or passports are now transmitted across the country electronically.
I want to believe my information is safe, but I cannot. I’m not alone and this is probably not news not anyone. So I am big supporter of Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, who is at the forefront of identifying online privacy issues.