Google to follow PIPEDA

Google announced today that it will follow the Canadian Privacy Law (PIPEDA) when it comes to Street View imaging. Canada’s privacy commissioner is happy and thinks Google and Calgary based Immersive Media is heading in the right direction. The commissioner is yet to hear the formal announcement from the both the companies.

Google plans to blur or lower the resolution of the images of individuals captured. This will prevent identifying an individual through Google Street Wise.

I wonder what happens to the images that are already captured by Immersive Media. Would they be erased or archived? Is there any assurance that those images will not available at all to anyone any more?

Google Maps Streetview

Google is again on the news for privacy reasons. The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has raised concerns regarding the privacy of individuals captured in each and every photographs of streetwise. The resolution of the pictures is high enough to identify the individuals in the pictures.

It’s a good feature providing better navigational help for folks who are strangers to a city. However, how about certain considerations on the privacy of the individuals as well as physical security of the locations captured in the photographs?

Whenever, Immersive Media is on the road to capture these pictures, I am not aware that I will be included in their captures. I may be coming out of movie theatre, a pharmacy or even a location that is deemed to be confidential only to my employer. This capture can be used against me in a court just because I was included in the capture.

Consider the photos that are freely available with certain buildings that host critical business solutions. Isn’t it easy to plan an attack on these building with a mere search on Google Maps? Streetview is available for well known cities and that’s where most of the top fortune companies are located. Some of them host their critical business functions or their data centers in these buildings.

Of course, Google offer the opportunity to take these pictures off. However, wouldn’t it be late by then?

Official (ISC)2 Guide – Review

The book is highly rich in technical content and reviewed by Hal Tipton, a very well known knowledgeable security professional. I got this book to familiarize with the syllabus and the concepts behind each common body of knowledge. Some of the chapters are easy to digest, however some are really long and tough. I guess it all depends on the reader’s domain knowledge. Since the book has three authors, the book clearly shows three different styles of writing.

The reader will feel the difference while moving from one chapter to another making it an unpleasant experience. This book is an excellent reference with lot of definitions and explanations. I read this book completely and then started attempting questions. I used this book as the primary reference with the “internet” as the secondary reference. I used all other books for more information or clarification. Try to attempt all questions at the end of each chapter of any book. “CISSP Prep” and “Advanced CISSP Prep” by Ronald L. Krutz would be a last minute refresher. It is worth understanding the concept behind each topic than to memorize. The exam tests your knowledge with experience and not on your memory.

Authors: Susan Hansche, et al
Publisher: Auerbach Publications; Bk&CD-Rom edition (January 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 084931707X