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Will our next piece of ID be digital?

Media | 05/14/2015 5:23 pm EDT

Showing a piece of ID to prove who you are has remained, for the most part, one stubbornly analog interaction in our increasingly digital world. That’s now starting to change, in countries like Estonia and even some Canadian provinces. While the establishment of digital identification is still in its infancy, groups are starting to advocate for such systems and watchdogs are keeping a close eye. Digital ID is a trend that’s a logical progression from mobile payments and apps that store customers’ loyalty card information, to the digitization of drivers’ licences, said...

Telecoms don’t give out customer info ‘willy-nilly’: Bell ombudsman

telecom | 05/02/2014 8:50 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Telecommunications companies don’t voluntarily give out confidential customer information to the government, said William Abbott, senior counsel and privacy ombudsman at BCE Inc. “I do not know a single TSP [telecommunication service provider] that makes voluntary disclosures of confidential customer information to the government,” Abbott said, adding that the use of the word “warrantless” is misleading because companies provide that information to a...