Cloud computing analytics and mobile technologies add to information privacy concerns. This is one reason why Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Anne Cavoukian, continues to advocate her Privacy by Design initiative. The following is a quote from an April 21, 2012 National Post article, Goodspeed Analysis: The Arab Spring may have helped usher in a new era of government surveillance about growing concerns regarding information privacy in the electronic age:
“The plummeting cost of data storage, combined with new techniques for intercepting electronic communications that contain parts of our individual personal histories, makes total surveillance of entire countries possible……In February, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-30 to require Internet service providers and cellphone companies to build surveillance systems into their communications networks that will have the ability to intercept, record and archive everyone’s electronic communications.”
A second quote by Dr. Cavoukian summarizes her specific concerns regarding information privacy due to cloud computing analytics and mobile technologies:
“In this day and age of 24/7 online expanded connectivity and immediate access to digitized information, new analytic tools and algorithms now make it possible, not only to link a number with a name, but also to combine information from multiple sources, ultimately creating an accurate profile of a personally identifiable individual…”
Godspeed, Peter. (2012, April 21). Goodspeed Analysis: The Arab Spring may have helped usher in a new era of government surveillance. The National Post, http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/04/21/goodspeed-analysis-governments-could-soon-record-and-store-everything-their-citizens-do-from-birth-to-death/ (accessed on April 25, 2012).