Canadians are 'Stupid' Because We Post Way Too Much Personal Information Online: John Adams

John Adams, who served as the chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada from 2005 to 2011, says Canadians are "stupid" when it comes to protecting their private information online.

Adams told a Senate committe that Canada has a "long ways to go" in safeguarding personal information on the internet as Canadians post far too freely online and don't bother with protective measures.

Quoth The Globe and Mail:

[Adams] and other witnesses discussed a bill that would create an all-party parliamentary committee to oversee the top-secret efforts of Canada’s intelligence and security agencies. ...  The bill comes as the government faces growing complaints about other bills expanding surveillance powers online.

“One half is stupid, and the other half is stupid,” Adams said of digital-era Canadians during the meeting. “I can confirm that. We put more online, [on] Facebook, than any other country in the world. We’re not very smart."

Interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier instead noted part of the reason for our excessive posting is that Canadians are trusting.


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