Smartphones have become the keys to the city, putting instant information about transit, traffic, health services, safety alerts, and community news into millions of hands, says a report from the global management consulting firm, McKinsey.
In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal in a criminal case in which the accused had been charged with theft of a list of names and contact information. In acquitting him, the Supreme Court ruled that information could not be stolen; the crime of theft required a person to take something away from another person. In this case, one party acquired information held by another without actually depriving them of it. The decision highlights some of the challenges raised by thinking about ownership of information or data.