Work-from-home economy continues into August as employment rises
Canada’s unemployment rate is now 10.2%, down from 13% in April, according to Statistics Canada’s new Labour Force Survey
. At the same time, nearly 75% of the 3.4 million Canadians who began working from home at the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis are still working remotely
. A new survey by ADP Canada suggests that about 45% of Canadians would prefer to work remotely at least three days a week going forward.
Ontario holds public consultations on privacy and privacy law
New Mozilla study defines user browsing histories as re-identifiable information
A new research study by Mozilla shows that browsing habits and browsing histories are unique and can be used to reliably track and identify users
. According to Mozilla, it is possible to identify a user with a list of just 50 to 150 of their favourite and most accessed domains. The study has implications for user privacy in the digital advertising space, where anonymized browsing histories may be used to target buyers.
Australia proposes regulations for local news on digital platforms
The government of Australia has proposed new regulations for local news content shared on digital platforms, including search engines and social media platforms. If passed, the legislation would require platforms to pay royalty-type-fees
for any locally-sourced and locally-funded, Australian content shared on their sites. In response, some digital platforms have said that they’ll prevent Australians from being able to share any news content
on their sites in the future.
Canadian municipalities employing RFID stickers to improve waste collection services
Municipalities across Canada, including Lloydminster, Alberta; Prince George, British Columbia; and Beaconsfield, Québec, are using RFID stickers to improve curbside waste collection
. Among other things, the stickers are being used to track the time and date of collection, improve customer service for residents, and enable individually tailored, “pay as you throw” programs. - Mairead Matthews