Commissioner Cavoukian launches new paper at Internet Conference
TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's Information and Privacy
Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian has released a new white paper
entitled, "Mobile Near Field Communications (NFC) "Tap 'n Go" - Keep it Secure and
Private," at an Ottawa Conference on "The Future of the Internet: Opportunities &
Challenges of Web 3.0."
Nokia was also a major contributor to this paper, which illustrates
NFC's capabilities with four smartphone use case scenarios,
investigates privacy and security risks, and offers practical "Privacy by Design" solutions to protect privacy, empower consumers, and build trust in the
Tap 'n Go technology gives smartphone users new benefits and
conveniences. Advances in mobile technologies, such as NFC, will
provide people with control over our converging real and virtual
"User privacy does not have to be sacrificed for the sake of using NFC,
which is currently in the early stages of adoption - we can have both the technology's convenience and privacy," said Commissioner Cavoukian. "Now is the time to apply Privacy by Design - to embed additional security and privacy into the design of
applications that use NFC capabilities."
"Nokia has been committed to development of NFC technology standards and
products for many years. Privacy by Design is a key element of Nokia's privacy strategy and is a commitment in our
product creation process. Collaboration with Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Collin
Mulliner and Harley Geiger was a great opportunity to provide
guidelines on how the privacy principles can be manifested in a mobile
technology, such as Near Field Communications," said Mikko Niva of
Nokia Global Privacy Counsel.
What is Near Field Communications?
NFC is a short-range wireless technology that enables mobile devices to
interact with other mobile (and fixed) devices, as well as with passive
physical objects. Currently, NFC is most often used to:
Initiate a service (e.g., read a tag to launch a Web browser to get a
Pair devices (e.g., activate a Bluetooth headset);
Transfer peer-to-peer data (e.g., share contact information, synchronize
Secure NFC card (e.g., mobile device acts as an access, loyalty or
NFC Triggers Privacy Concerns
Mobile devices that allow for system-to-system data transfers, or for
pairing of devices to enable interaction, may trigger privacy and
security concerns, including unwanted data "leakage" or collection,
user identification, user location-tracking, improper redirection to an
unknown website, initiation of an unknown service (such as text
messages charged to the user) or receipt of unwanted content.
By applying Privacy by Design principles, "data privacy and security can and should be 'baked into'
mobile device architectures, including physical design, operating
systems, applications and services, with special attention to effective
user interfaces and default privacy options. All stakeholders in the
mobile ecosystem have critical roles to play in fostering users' trust
and confidence," said Commissioner Cavoukian.
About the IPC
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is appointed by and reports to
the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and is independent of the government
of the day. The Commissioner's mandate includes overseeing the access
and privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, as well as the Personal Health Information Protection Act, which applies to both public and private sector health information
custodians. A vital component of the Commissioner's mandate is to help
educate the public about access and privacy issues.
SOURCE Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario
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