CODE RED a threat to Canadians’ privacy

by Jack Locke

It is ostensibly a system to notify Westmount, Quebec citizens of a local emergency, but CODE RED data becomes the property of Emergency Communications Network(ECN), an American company subject to American intelligence and national security laws.

“Originally designed to enable local government officials to record, send and track personalized messages to thousands of residents in minutes, CodeRED’s user base has grown to include institutions of higher education and utility companies,” says ECN’s website.

But the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of those Westmounters who register for CODE RED become the property of ECN whose registered office is based in Ormond Beach, Florida.

It is an affront to the privacy of Canadians and may well violate privacy legal provisions in both Quebec and Canada.

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