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    Environmental Scan of Digital Media Convergence Trends: Disruptive Innovation, Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges – 29 September 2011 | CRTC


    “Online tracking and data mining is legal, but what is required is greater transparency and the ability to hold companies accountable for data breaches,” (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/rp110929.htm#s12a).


    CBC News: Technology and Science

    Do Not Track me online, please
    U.S. regulators are considering anti-tracking laws. Will Canada follow suit?
    By Dan Misener, CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2011 1:44 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 22, 2011 4:26 PM ET


    “. . .

    Here in Canada, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart has acknowledged the issues surrounding online tracking in a 2010 report.

    When asked specifically about Do Not Track, her office responded: “We are following with interest the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposal for a Do Not Track mechanism. Our Office has concerns about the LACK OF VISIBILITY with respect to online tracking, profiling and targeting. IF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT SUCH PRACTICES, THEY CAN’T TAKE STEPS TO LIMIT TRACKING.”

    This response highlights one of the main barriers to adoption for Do Not Track: lack of awareness.. . .” (My capitalizations)

    So, how has the Government of Canada responded in legislation, so far?

    Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Requirements for Installing Computer Programs
    Date modified: 2015-01-15

    “ . . . for certain types of programs (including cookies), you (the business) are considered to already have express consent without requesting it. . . . you do not need to request consent prior to the installation.”

    However, “ . . . if a person disables cookies in their browser, you would not be considered to have consent to install cookies,” (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/i2.htm).

    Hey, isn’t that kinda like telling Canadians, “Honey, didn’t you know you should’da been wearin’ your chastity belt when you walked into that club?”

    I mean, as far as I know, Canada has all kinds of regulations requiring businesses to prominently place content and warning labels on consumer goods—including placing them on broadcast and packaged media.

    But then, could the following trend be leading a lobby to keep the onus on the consumer to self-discover any hidden content such as tracking cookies?

    Canadian Business
    How the age of Big Data made statistics the hottest job around
    Big business’s need to pull insights from terabyte-sized databases spells boom times for data scientists

    Apr 23, 2015 Joe Castaldo


    And from earlier this year,

    How Trend Hunter uses big data to forecast the next big thing
    A new generation of consumer research uses the power of the web to track and predict trends. At least, that’s the pitch

    Jan 12, 2015 Murad Hemmadi


    How will these jobs be affected if businesses are required to warn individual consumers about the presence of cookies and then en mass consumers decide to turn them off?

  4. I tried to write earlier – but it seems to have been lost in the ether (although of course I now know nothing is ever lost)! Awesome work. One of the most remarkable formats for covering an issue interactively and intelligently which I have seen. I have been trying to do something slightly similar for schools on related issues but on a lower budget. I totally love the interactivity, the links to great content, the graphics, the small chunks of rich content, with other resources to reinforce the message. Hats off.

  5. Loving it. I think the visuals are amazing and will really capture the growing teen market which want their learning to be more interactive.

  6. I heard about the ‘do not track’ project on Shad’s CBC program, ‘q.’

    I think the first episode is meant to demonstrate how internet users are being tracked without being granted any immediate knowledge. My interactivity included loading up a few of the suggested tracking detection apps and then playing around with them on the internet. My record so far is being able to expose 26 trackers on one particular page. Fantastic!

    I think the second episode is meant to introduce the depth of the tracking industry and how the internet is becoming dependent on it to stay in business. My interactivity included placing Julia Angwin’s latest book, ‘Dragnet Nation,’ on my public library wish list, and I look forward to reading it.

    Overall, by the time I reach the end of ‘do not track’ I hope I will have received enough of a comprehensive exploratory experience to allow me to make some informed personal choices regarding my internet usage—which has yet to include signing up to any mainstream form of social media as well as using a smart phone. Until then, I’m taking this all in the spirit of fun and discovery.

    The great communication studies guru Marshal McLuhan once said (in a twist), “Invention in the mother of necessities.’

    Kudos to the produces and cheers to all the participants.


    • Ha, Ha, Ha on me for the typo, To repeat, the great communication studies guru Marshal McLuhan once said (in a twist), “Invention IS the mother of necessities.’’

      So maybe make up for my mistake, here’s another McLuhanizm that might fit the subject: “Today the business of business is becoming the constant invention of new business.”


  7. Lächerlich. Gerade arte will uns etwa über „do not track“ erzählen? Klickt man einen Link im Menü auf arte.tv an, so wird die Anfrage erst an einen Tracking-Dienst namens xiti gesendet.

  8. Oh, my dear, misguided friend…

    You made a truly monumental effort, but the message got obscured by the medium. Just LOOK at all the comments about certain points ‘going by too quickly’, and users inability to dig-down to the information they really WANTED.

    Your FIRST mistake was compiling an ENORMOUS collection of tricky graphics & animated .gif visuals. Yes, they were marginally entertaining, but they also HOGGED bandwidth & had very little to do with the underlying MESSAGE. This only served to slow-down the presentation.

    You second mistake was in assuming that ALL potential ‘viewers’ would have their own personal T1 connection & unlimited bandwidth to view this Magnum Opus. With this serious mis-step, you managed to ELIMINATE a Huge segment of your potential audience – those on ADSL, Satellite, or mobile (wireless) internet service. Sorry, Dude, but many folks are Never gonna see the show.

  9. Je tiens à ajouter, à propos des cookies, que nombre d’entres eux sont aussi au service des services de renseignement nationaux. Par exemple, pour mon site d’information (“egaliteetreconciliation.fr/”) il y avait 121 cookies de tiers, contre 0 du propriétaire. Connaissant personnellement le propriétaire du site, ainsi que sa politique anti-pub (aucunes pubs ne sont présentes sur le site) il est clair que ses “trackers” y sont présents à son insu; et le site étant très contreversé sur la scène politique française, nombre de ces trackers sont sans aucun doute l’oeuvre du gouvernement Français!

  10. That link/page is broken period,I just did a search on 2 engines and get the same result when sent to the home page.

  11. However,your link to shoot the cookies is broken!!! 🙁

  12. I agree with the other comments that the info in some parts of the video goes by too quickly to read. For example, the statistic about how much companies make off of ads that track users flashed by too quickly and I wasn’t clear whether that was per ad per user or if there was some other unit associated with those figures.

    Also some of the explanations are a bit simplistic. I don’t think that if users agreed to pay for services that will stop companies from continuing to profit by tracking people. Why would it? User fees would just be another revenue stream for these companies in addition to the revenue generated by tracking ads. The idea that if we just pay for these services instead of demanding they be “free” places the burden on users to stop the constant surveillance. The only way for companies to curb their tracking activities will be through regulation.

  13. Please remove the loud music track when people are speaking. I cannot hear the words.

  14. The people often explain things so quickly that it isn’t possible to follow and much information gets lost. I’m trying to save the videos and hope to be able to re-view and grasp what’s said.

  15. Very nice, very nice.

  16. Is it possible to skip ahead or back in the video. I can’t in Chrome. Sometimes the information goes away i a bit to quickly and I have to rewatch the entire video.

    • I am having this problem too … I missed some info that was presented.

    • The episodes are short, so that one can just go back and watch the entire episode without too much time lost

  17. Is any chance to get spanish subtitles 🙂