IT departments should implement and maintain effective password policies containing robust user identification and password practices. Millions of users worldwide continue to use 123456 and other easily guessed passwords (see here for 100,000 passwords to avoid). In a 2019 Ponemon study, 69% of respondents shared passwords with work colleagues, and 51% reused an average of five passwords across their business or personal accounts—contrary to best practices.
On December 8, 2012, CIC published proposed regulations that will authorize the collection and use of biometric data from certain foreign nationals. Starting in 2013, temporary resident visa, study permit, and work permit applicants from certain visa-required countries and territories who seek to enter Canada will be required to have their biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) collected overseas before arriving in Canada.