Each year since 1997, the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International have undertaken what has now become the most comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published. The Privacy & Human Rights Report surveys developments in 70 countries, assessing the state of surveillance and privacy protection.
From The 2007 International Privacy Ranking, it is quite clear that Canada is on a slippery slope to join our neighbour to the South. The USA rates on the worst end of the scale, as an endemic surveillance society, along with Russia, China and the UK. In 2006, Canada ranked fairly well as having significant protections and safeguards but this year we have arrived in a situation of some safeguards but weakened protection. The report notes that for Canada, there is “an alarming rate of fall in protection“.
It’s time for Canadians to wake up and smell the coffee.
Via the Creative Class Exchange