Are Canadian Breach Disclosure laws adequate?
Canadian legislation not coming?
In my observation, there may be a greater risk to our online society from general data abuses and breaches to ordinary citizens, many of these risks appear to stem from our behavior and online habits as a whole. Although many of us educated in the methods used to exploit sensitive information can protect ourselves through;
- checking website SSL certs,
- or knowing (spam) what a phishing email looks like,
- or running a few Google queries to check into the past of a person we're going to transact with
All doom and gloom? - not really there are a few organizations which are helping to educate people more quickly;
Safecanada.ca - Government of Canada's Public Safety
Stay Safe Online - US Non-profit
Wiredsafety - Global volunteer organization
One of the questions that comes to mind is - is the amount of public/government attention to this problem adequate? I'll look at this issue in a bit more detail in part - 2 of this post.