Sunday, December 30, 2007

Safeguarding Privacy

Here's another reason why Canada is a great place to live. According to a survey by Privacy International, Canada remains a leading nation in protecting the privacy of its citizens.

From CanWest News Service:

"The 2007 rankings indicate an overall worsening of privacy protection across the world," says an overview of Privacy International's findings on the group's website.

The report describes "an increasing trend amongst governments to archive data on the geographic, communications and financial records of all their citizens and residents.

"This trend leads to the conclusion that all citizens, regardless of legal status, are under suspicion," the report states.

The countries that received the highest marks for protecting individual privacy in 2007 were Greece, Romania and Canada.

However the news wasn't all good for Canada.

Last year this country was described as having "significant protections and safeguards." The new ranking says Canada has "some safeguards but weakened protections."

The lowest ranking countries in the survey were Malaysia, Russia and China.

The United States, which has been criticized for its domestic surveillance as part of its war on terrorism, joined the United Kingdom on the list of nations described as "endemic surveillance societies" - the ranking's worst category.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What about the facility in Canada that monitors all phone calls coming and going out of this country and else where around the world? Anyone here ever heard of it?