Software updates, installations now require consent

Unattribted, CBC News, Jan 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I will be curious to see how software companies adapt to this new Canadian law. Companies must gain explicit permission in order to update software, and in addition "clearly disclose to users if its software could collect personal information, interfere with the normal operation of a computer, alter settings or preferences or data on a computer or allow a third party to access a computer." This would have made the Sony rootkit illegal (though Sony could have paid the $10 million fine with loose change found in its couch). What I wonder is whether burying the information in an end-user license agreement (EULA) would be sufficient. You can read the full documentation here on the Canadian government web site.

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