Sunday, September 12, 2004

Geist writes against the "broadcast flag"

Michael Geist's regular column in the Toronto Star this week is devoted to the "broadcast flag" controversy. The adoption of this technology has important privacy implications: - Mr. Minister, please protect the public interest:

"Opponents of the broadcast flag have also pointed to worrisome possibilities with regard to personal privacy. Since digital copies would now be limited ... to a particular device, the broadcast flag could easily be used to facilitate monitoring of individual viewing habits. In fact, one company, MyDTV, has already proposed pop-up style advertisements based on viewer profiles...."

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