Canada promises big fines for companies that breach new privacy law

OTTAWA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Companies that fail to protect the personal information of Canadians could be fined up to 5% of global revenue under the terms of a proposed new privacy law, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said on Tuesday.

Bains said the Digital Charter Implementation Act – designed to update regulations that are 20 years old – was needed at a time when the coronavirus epidemic was increasing Canadians’ reliance on digital technology.

The draft law, which must be adopted by Parliament, says Canadians who feel their data has been improperly gathered or shared can turn to the country’s Privacy Commissioner and demand the information be deleted.

The commissioner can order a halt to the collection and use of an individual’s information. Companies that do not comply could be fined up to 5% of their global revenue for serious contraventions.

“We’re talking about potentially billions of dollars,” Bains told

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Corey S. Bradford Sr. and Robert Sharp: Collaborating for a bright employment future | Guest columnists



NGA site in north St. Louis

Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony last November for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site in north St. Louis.




The future of our region and our national security lies with the education of our children.

Our country needs more scientists, engineers, mathematicians and other technical experts from different backgrounds and perspectives to remain competitive in a global economy and society.

However, a data scientist can’t manage information without first being a kindergartner learning to count by tens. A programmer starts learning logic in high school geometry before she uses it to make an amazing app. A geodesist keeps GPS systems dependable because he was once a calculus student mastering integration by parts.

Fostering children’s interest and knowledge in STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — to create the professionals of

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Study of non-COVID-19 deaths shows 2020 increase in several demographics — ScienceDaily

March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years — and not just from COVID-19, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totals, the death rate in several demographics outpaced the same period in 2019, the study found. The timeframe represents the first three months of response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Sheldon H. Jacobson, a professor of computer science and of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and Janet Jokela, the head of the department of internal medicine and acting regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, published their findings in the journal Public Health.

“We know that the pandemic is selectively taking lives. It also seems to be causing ancillary deaths that are not directly caused by

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The Xbox Elite Controller Was Premium, And I Respect That

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The Last GenerationThe Last GenerationA look back at 2013-2020, the age of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For a multi-billion dollar industry that is supposedly at the vanguard of 21st-century technology advancement, video games sure like to keep things basic.

Think about it: there’s very little that’s premium about console video gaming. You can’t buy a fancier version of the Switch with an OLED screen and stronger buttons. You can’t buy a PS5 in a smaller form factor with a brushed gunmetal case.

Isn’t that weird? If I want to buy a bigger, more expensive phone than the standard iPhone, I can. If I want to buy a top-end model of a car, I can (well, I could if I could afford one). TVs, clothes, even PC gaming hardware, you name it, nearly everything on this planet that you can buy, you can buy

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The Latest: Virus Prompts Texas A&M to Open Season at Home | Sports News

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Texas A&M men’s basketball team won’t open the season at the Crossover Classic tournament in South Dakota because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.

The Aggies were scheduled to begin their season on Nov. 25 against No. 15 West Virginia in the tournament. Instead, they’ll play their season-opener at home on Nov. 29 against the University of New Orleans.

Texas A&M athletics director Ross Bjork said the decision was made after input from public health experts and the school’s medical team after seeing the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, including in South Dakota.

Bjork said school officials felt it was “most prudent to stay in Texas and work to schedule a home game at Reed Arena.”

Evansville has replaced Southern Illinois as Louisville’s season-opening opponent on Nov. 25 in the Wade Houston Tipoff

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Local grocer to open new market at Palo Alto complex

PALO ALTO — A local grocer with a focus on organic produce has signed a lease to become the new market at a prominent mixed-use center in Palo Alto’s College Terrace district.

Real Produce International Market has leased 11,000 square feet in a Palo Alto complex at 501 Oxford Ave. next to El Camino Real.

“Our market will offer locally sourced produce with a focus on organic, as well as groceries and specialty items sourced locally and internationally,” said Khaled Taffi, owner and manager of Real Produce International Market.

Procuring a market for this location is expected to be a major boost for Palo Alto generally and the College Terrace area in particular.

In June 2018, a group headed by Palo Alto-based developer Blox Ventures and New York City-based realty investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. paid $78.3 million in cash for the property, which is in the bustling College

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