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Submission + - Canadian bank monitors customers' browsing activity 1

hyades1 writes: A story by CBC News says if you got a Visa credit card through Canada's Toronto-Dominion Bank, the cardholder agreement you sign allows the bank to collect information about all of your on-line activities, even those not related to banking. There are disclaimers about how the information will be used, but close examination indicates they amount to, "We can take whatever information we want from wherever we like, and use it in whatever way suits us.

Former journalist and communications expert Colin Laughlan contacted CBC's "Go Public" after trying for more than a year to get TD to address the issue, and finding out that their repeated assurances that the issue had been dealt with weren't true.

CBC's story on Laughlan's efforts to secure his privacy from bankers' prying eyes can be found here:


Comment They're asking the wrong question (Score 1) 480

"That means that the appropriate question should be directed to makers of electric cars: What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"


The appropriate question to be directed at makers of electric cars is, "Why do you need dealers?"

I could mention that dealerships are the Number 1 reason why a large segment of auto-owning population puts buying a car on about the same level as leaving your kids with a suspected child molester. However, just about anybody who has ever done business with a car dealership already knows this.

Comment Re:Why complain about a "feature"? (Score 1) 360

You nailed it, my friend! When you tie this level of invasiveness with Free World governments that have enshrined in law their "right" to go to Microsoft, Google, Facebook and such, and just take whatever data they want (then forbid the company from advising anybody that they've turned over literally everything), it's a good reason to just go somewhere else for an OS.

I've been around since Win3.1. Win10 will never go on any computer I own.

It's not that I lead any kind of an interesting life, but I place a high value on my privacy, and have little trust in powerful organizations that are so intent on turning me into a marketable commodity with only the rights and freedoms which suit them at the moment.

Comment Re:More importantly (Score 1) 154

That's certainly what caught my attention. And it could go a long way toward making these things workable.

Let's face it, there's going to be huge push-back from people who don't want to get stuck behind a vehicle that drives under the speed limit most of the time, and there's bound to be wankers who try to get a pay-off by throwing themselves at the car or cutting in front of it in their scrap-worthy beater.

Comment Re:No mistakes, right? (Score 1) 320

They've done an excellent job on other occasions when they published names. Case in point, outing the KKK. Another group tried to claim credit and defuse their work with false accusations, but it got shot down pretty fast.

Were you just too lazy to find out a little about the situation before you shot off your mouth, or do you just like to throw around the term "vigilante"?

Comment There are news sites that do this better (Score 0, Troll) 965

Why is this here? How many Slashdot visitors are so computer-challenged that they haven't found out about this already, and gone to a website where they can find out a lot more about it than what they'll get here?

For the love of god, this points readers at CNN!!! It might as well send us to Pravda or Faux Noise (oops...that was supposed to be Fox News)

Please, no more of this space-filling, time-wasting, off-topic crap.

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