Standing on guard in Canada for privacy – before Facebook by Michael Geist

The recent Canadian privacy case involving Facebook attracted international attention as the world’s leading social networking site agreed to implement a series of changes that will affect 250 million users. While the case is a significant victory for Canadian privacy, the issue might never have been addressed but for a second, little-noticed privacy decision released two weeks later.In December 2004, the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa filed a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada against U.S.-based Abika.com, an online data broker that collects, uses and discloses the personal information of Canadians (I am an adviser to CIPPIC but was not involved directly in the case). The company offered a wide range of search services on individuals, purporting to dig up everything from past police reports to consumer preferences.
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