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Canadians in the dark about how their data is collected and used, report finds

CTV News: 'A persistent problem identified by the research was lopsided information — the notion that citizens and consumers have little idea what data is collected about them, let alone the consequences of being visible. Meanwhile, the report notes, corporations and governments amass huge amounts of data on Canadians, often using it in unspecified ways.

'The report also cites the dilemma of today's "tangled surveillance" that is more complex than in the past. Artificial Intelligence has led to calls for more transparency about how algorithms work, along with broader ethical guidelines, the report says. "But few, even among computer scientists, have worked out what such transparency might entail." Meanwhile, various agencies, including police departments, press for the use of more data analytics, while the COVID-19 pandemic has opened new avenues of data surveillance.'

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