Integrity Announces Appointment of John Wunderlich to Advisory Board
Integrity is delighted to announce that John Wunderlich, Privacy Lead, Ceridian, has recently joined our advisory board. Read the press release.

Wondering what online voting might be like? Try this flash demo for a taste of the voting experience at ATM-like machines, a trial being run in the US.

High school students speak out about online privacy and voting.

From Integrity’s Blog:

Canada, US worlds apart on privacy

Four Kinds of Privacy

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May 2004

Dear Subscriber,

There are federal elections coming up in the next six months in both Canada and the US. After the 'chad' debacle of the 2000 election, online voting and campaigning has been gaining steam. There are some significant concerns, however, around privacy and voting, the systems in place, and how they protect confidentiality.

With the advent of internet campaigning and its prominence in this US election campaign, the mass-adoption of electronic voting for the 680 million-member voting populace during the recent elections in India, and a recent trial in Switzerland, it’s clear that the role of the internet in the electoral process is here to stay. Future editions of Compass will follow the use of the internet both for campaigning and voting in these countries and others. Stay tuned!

In this issue, Integrity is delighted to announce an appointment to our advisory board, we look at online privacy concerns related to online campaigning in the US, and a reader from Markham asks a very timely question regarding online voting and privacy, and privacy. We welcome your questions so please submit them to!

Best regards,

Carolyn Burke
CEO Integrity Incorporated

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Political Privacy and online politics: How e-campaigning threatens voter privacy

An interesting study south of the border on how e-campaigning tactics can threaten voter privacy. In the 1998 and 2000 U.S. elections, the Internet played an important role as a source of information for citizens and as a campaign tool for office seekers. The rise of Internet campaigning has brought about numerous benefits including increased access to political information, increased depth of content, and the ability to engage in online interactive political dialogue. Unfortunately, there is a potential dark side to all of this interaction. Just as the rise of electronic commerce has created tremendous concerns about online privacy, so too has the rise of e-campaigning. Through the use of cookies, online donation forms, and political mailing lists, Internet-based campaigns can now gather tremendous amounts of information about which candidates voters prefer and where they choose to surf.

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We invite you to submit questions on security, privacy and governance compliance to

Dear Compass,

What are the privacy implications of online voting? Is this currently taking place in Canada?

SB, Markham

Compass responds:

Funny you should write, SB, as your municipality is one of the few places in Canada where online voting is being tested!

While online voting is very much in its formative stages, and significant questions are being asked about how online voting is being conducted, and by whom, in the US, a quiet pilot happened last year in Markham, ON.

The biggest challenge to privacy in the electoral process may not be the actual casting of ballots, but how your participation in the party and democratic process can be captured and tracked online. As referenced in February’s Compass, most of the Canadian political parties' websites have poor privacy policies – and how they will use your personal information is not well delineated.

While there are few areas where the requirement of privacy is as clear-cut and as protected as the democratic process, organizations are still finding ways to mine data. So before you support online, make sure you understand how that data is going to be used, who is going to use it, and how much of your personal information will be made available.

How the Aussies did it right: Wired magazine examines how the Australians developed the right process, and then the right software, for electronic voting.,1272,61045,00.html

... but over 40,000 Diebold machines that are in place in 37 states across the US were found to have some serious flaws ...,1283,59874,00.html?tw=wn_story_related

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