The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 2: ”It’s Time to Modernize the Laws”


Michael Geist

The first full length episode of the new LawBytes podcast features a conversation with UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, who leads the high profile investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Denham, who previously served as Assistant Commissioner with the federal privacy office and as the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner, reflected on her years in Canada, particularly the Canadian Facebook investigation and concerns with the Google Buzz service. Denham emphasized the need for Canadian legislative reform in order to address today’s privacy challenges. Denham was recently appointed chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, which she expects will increasingly focus on global privacy standards.

The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod.

Episode Notes:

12th Annual Deirdre Martin Lecture on Privacy


#CambridgeAnalytica: ‘Data crimes are real crimes’ Denham, EU Reporter, 4 June 2018

Facebook Privacy Concerns, CBC News: The National, 17 July 2009

Privacy commissioner urges legislative reform in the wake of Facebook data scandal, CBC News, 17 April 2018

News Update: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Unveils Google Buzz: Social Networking for Gmail, TradetheTrend, 9 February 2010

Cambridge Analytica: Whistleblower reveals data grab of 50 million Facebook profiles, Channel 4 News, 17 March 2018

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This is where the government and even you Mr. Geist are completely out of touch. It isn't the medium that is the issue, they are simply the low hanging fruit and an easy target. It isn't up to Google or Facebook to safeguard the sensitivities of joe public and how those people use and abuse those platforms. They have rules and regulations in place and do a damn fine job of enforcing them but the Facebooks and Googles of the world should bear the responsibility of policing the internet.

In fact no one should. If someone takes offense to a particular subject matter, no one is forcing them to click on a link or read a post. They have a multitude of resources at their disposal to safeguard against seeing content they would rather not see. Why is any government or any public interest group hell bent on dictating what the entire global population should read or not read?

Yes some material is offensive, yes some material is racist, yes some material is sexist and yes some material is disgusting but I don't have to view or be exposed to any of that unless I go looking for it.

Personal responsibility goes a long way and is being eroded year after year. Everyone needs to grow up, put on their big boy pants and realize that the world they live in may not always be exactly the way they want it to be but that is OK because it may be exactly the way someone else wants it to be. Everyone should be treated equal--not I should get special treatment because I am poor or I get special treatment because I was beaten as a child or I get special treatment because someone 100 years ago cheated my great grandfather or not I get special treatment because I have a same sex partner or not I get special treatment because I have an opposite sex partner. Equality is equality.

The sooner we stop trying to protect everyone's sensitivities, the better off we will all be!!
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