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Saturday, December 11, 2004 announces fix for security issues 

A few days ago, I posted about a security issues on the website that allowed anyone to alter residential telephone listings (see PIPEDA and Canadian Privacy Law: Glitch lets you mess with the phone book). SuperPages has issued a press-release announcing that they have fixed the issues: restores People Finder online residential listings service: Changes ensure security for customers:

"BURNABY, BC, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - SuperPages(TM) announced today that it has relaunched the People Finder portion of its Web site, following upgrades to the security features of the online residential listings service.

SuperPages(TM) placed its extensive People Finder service back online at 11.00am this morning. removed the residential listing service Wednesday afternoon because an updating tool that allowed users to change their address and email information was not fully secure. The Business Finder service, which lists 1.3 million businesses nationally, was not affected by the security issue or loss of service.

In order to ensure that users residential information remains secure, has now removed the updating tool from the People Finder service.

'Our customers' privacy and security is of utmost importance to us at,' said Todd Millar, the president of SuperPages(TM). 'We took the People Finder service offline after we became aware that the potential to change residential listing information still existed.''s People Finder function provides users with access to 11.7 million residential listings in Canada and 1.5 million residential listings in British Columbia. With several million searches each month on the People Finder Service, is Western Canada's premier online directory.

'I can assure all of our users that our residential listing information remains both accurate and secure,' said Millar. "

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