Well, I received an email from Starwood Hotels yesterday.Â They operate Marriott.Â It was quite the data breach notification letter. Clearly, the breach has affected people from around the world because it contained a number of country-specific sections.Â Even some state-specific sections if youâ€™re American.Â Nothing about Canada.Â Not one word.Â They had information specific to Latvia, Luxemberg and Malta, but nothing if you were a resident of Canada.
Maybe they are certain that no Canadian was affected, but that raises the question: Why are Canadians receiving this letter then?Â And why provide a link to read the notice in French translated for FrenchÂ Canadians?
Shortly before receiving my data breach notification email, I also received notice of the privacy commissionerâ€™s news release pertaining to his position on the ISED consultations about innovation in Canada.Â We have a blurb about it below because Howard Soloman wrote an article in IT World Canada.Â The commissioner has come up with some powerful new prose to say the same thing he has been saying for a while now.Â Canadians deserve more meaningful privacy rights that can comeÂ withÂ innovation â€” not at the expense of it.Â We donâ€™t have to give up one for the other.
I assume it was some innovation that led to a hotel loyalty and reservation system that I partook in. Am I regretting it?Â Kind of, especially considering the notice I got seemed to forget that Canada exists at all.