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Air Canada app data breach involves passport numbers

Air Canada app data breach involves passport numbers

Technology
Air Canada's app has suffered a data breach resulting in the suspected loss of thousands of its customers' personal details.The airline has warned that users who had entered their passport details into the product may have had that data stolen.Experts warn that the theft of such information would pose a serious ID fraud risk.The firm has also been criticised for its relatively weak password system.Although it is not clear how the breach occurred, one cyber-security specialist highlighted that Air Canada's website still says account passwords should contain between six and 10 characters and that it only accepts letters and numbers, but no other symbols."Many users will choose short and easily guessable passwords," commented Amit S...
Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana

Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana

World
Canadian lawmakers approved landmark legislation on Tuesday to fully legalize marijuana. The move will make Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes nationwide. Uruguay was the first to fully legalize the drug. Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was first introduced on April 13, 2017, in a bid to legalize and regulate the recreational use of weed. The bill passed in the House of Commons that November and then passed in the Senate on Tuesday night by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions. Medicinal use of the drug has been legal in Canada since 2001. The proposed legislation allows adults in Canada to legally possess and use up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, as well as cultivate up to four cannabis plants...
Canada to legalise cannabis after landmark vote

Canada to legalise cannabis after landmark vote

World
Canada is to become only the second country to have a legal nationwide cannabis market after a landmark government bill was passed by the senate. The Cannabis Act sailed through by a vote of 52 to 29 on Tuesday, allowing for the drug to become available for recreational use as soon as the cabinet decides on a final date.It is expected to be decided upon by mid-September, meaning retail sales could begin before the end of the year. 1:49 Video: Will cannabis be legalised ...
Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Technology
Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos.Facebook originally began face-matching users outside Canada in 2011, but stopped doing so for EU citizens the following year after protests from regulators and privacy campaigners.The new request is one of several opt-in permissions being rolled out in advance of a new data privacy law.The move is likely to be controversial.The company is currently embroiled in a privacy scandal related to the use of its members' personal information by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.The social network is also facing a class-action lawsuit in the US for deploying the facial recognition technology there without users' explicit consent."Biometric identifica...
Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Kinder Morgan’s attempt to build a pipeline reflects badly on Canada

Finance
ALMOST all Canada’s oil and gas is landlocked, so getting it to market requires pipelines—lots of them. But building them requires skills more suited to circus artists than engineers. They must walk the financial high wire, jump through ever-changing regulatory hoops and juggle conflicting demands from environmental groups and numerous governments. The list of failures is long. It includes Northern Gateway, meant to bring Alberta crude to a port in northwestern British Columbia; Energy East, which would have linked Alberta to the Atlantic coast; Pacific Northwest, to bring gas to the west coast; and the legendary Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline, first proposed in 1974 and dropped in 2017 by its last, exhausted promoter.Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and