As reported in the Toronto Star last week, Canadian Government agencies made nearly 1.2 million requests for user data from telecom and social media companies in 2011.
While the telecom and social media companies refuse to divulge how many requests were satisfied and what information was provided, one example of the requests might be for the IP addresses of users who log into their email account, which law enforcement agents use to locate individuals involved in criminal cases such as kidnapping.
Michael Geist, the Star’s legal technology columnist, wrote “The reality is that your data is out there, it’s obviously being collected and it can be used and disclosed many times without any kind of oversight”.
One key aspect of information governance is to tailor your communications to the intended recipients. However, in some cases, your audience may be larger than you think.