An anonymous reader writes: The Globe and Mail is reporting a significant privacy breach in the Canadian online passport system. From the somewhat blurry image provided, it seems that by replacing a URL parameter other applicants personal information, including Social Insurance numbers, Drivers License numbers and addresses, could be seen. Worst of all the passport office refers to it as 'an isolated anomaly', in an otherwise 'very highly secure application' — not likely.
An anonymous reader sends us a link to the Toronto Star, where Michael Geist has a terrific article on how the record labels got the Internet completely wrong. While somewhat specific to Canada, the article' arguments are more broadly applicable. The article links together the misplaced reliance on DRM and the Canadian industry's advocacy for increasing levies on blank media to demonstrate just how wrong-headed this strategy has turned out to be.