Christopher Parsons spoke to CBC Radio’s Q program to discuss the Canadian government’s growing interest in the real-time contents of social media and the degree to which they’re monitoring hashtags and online conversations.
This month, Christopher Parsons also spoke to the Washington Post regarding Uber’s rider database. The company has faced criticism on the amount of user data it collects. Its rider database, for instance, contains daily travel information of its users and can be used to display the movements of riders in real-time. When contacted by the Post, Uber declined to discuss its data protection policies. As such, to date, it is not clear if the company has instituted “cyber-security protections on par with the sensitivity of the data it collects.”
He also spoke with Global News about cybersecurity issues as part of their year in review series. The article focused on the long-term effects of the Heartbleed vulnerability that was disclosed in April 2014. Christopher talked about the pervading value of credentials that were captured earlier this year, as well as the importance for individuals to proactively develop identity theft mitigation strategies before being victim as a result of a Heartbleed-like vulnerability.