DRM against the law in Canada?

10 10 2007

A recent study published by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa suggests that DRM schemes which collect information on customers violates Canada’s privacy legislation. PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronics Document Act) requires that customers give consent (explicit consent or implied consent) for their information to be collected. Unfortunately, many companies fail to disclose what information is collected in their DRM systems.

Critics of the study suggest that the authors misunderstood how DRM schemes are used. According to one critic, digital media companies do not sell the data to third-parties so consumers have nothing to be worried about. For me, it isn’t about whether they sell the data, it’s why they need to collect it in the first place. Think about how much of your information is trapped in DRM systems like Apple’s iTunes, Microsoft’s Visio, and other similar software services.

For more details read the full story at PC World.

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