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Ikea Canada Had A “Internal” Data Breach…. WTF??

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 7, 2022 by itnerd

Over the last month, my wife and I have been doing shopping at Ikea Canada. But I may be rethinking that as it has come to light this past week that Ikea Canada had what they term an “Internal” data breach that affected 95,000 Canadians. Global News has the details:

Ikea Canada told Global News it was made aware that some of its customers’ personal information appeared in the results of a generic search made by an employee between March 1 to March 3.

A spokesperson added that the information was accessed by the person using Ikea’s customer database.

“While we can’t speculate as to why the search was made, we can share that we have taken actions to remedy this situation,” Ikea Canada PR leader Kristin Newbigging said.

“We have also reviewed our internal processes and reminded our co-workers of their obligation to protect customer information.”

Okay. The fact that you have to remind your employees not to do something like this is a huge problem. And the fact that an employee did this is a massive problem. It likely shows that their internal controls weren’t on point.

Here’s the best news out of this:

kea Canada has submitted a breach report to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

OPC officials confirmed they are in communication with the company to get more information and determine next steps. They would not say what those steps could be.

Hopefully the OPC smacks Ikea Canada silly as this is pretty unacceptable from my perspective. In the meantime, affected customers have already been notified by email.

IKEA and Sonos Announce Their Latest SYMFONISK Speaker

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 8, 2019 by itnerd

Following up on this announcement, Sonos and IKEA have announced the second speaker in the SYMFONISK range. Joining the award-winning bookshelf speaker is the SYMFONISK table lamp speaker, their loudest table lamp ever. With this speaker, IKEA and Sonos have created a great sounding, great looking piece of furniture that blends into the home in a new way, making it easier to furnish with sound.


The SYMFONISK range includes:

  • SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker ($249 CAD): The SYMFONISK table lamp combines light and sound into one product, decluttering the home with less devices and cords.
  • SYMFONISK bookshelf with WiFi speaker ($149 CAD): The bookshelf speaker has many versatile ways to blend into a home. It can be tucked away or on display, installed vertically or horizontally, and can support 6.6 lbs with the included bracket. Or, use the hooks to attach to almost any kitchen rail system.

Both speakers will be available this August and are compatible with Sonos’ easy-to-use wireless home sound system.

IKEA & Sonos Team Up To Launch SYMFONISK Speakers Next Month In Milan

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 14, 2019 by itnerd

IKEA have democratised light in the home for years – with the connected smart lighting system TRÅDFRI as the latest addition. Now, setting out to also make high-quality sound available for everyone, IKEA and Sonos will present the first products in the SYMFONISK range – in the FEEL HOME exhibition in Milan.

There’s sound, and there’s light. So why not both? Two hugely important elements for creating the right mood around the home. This was the starting point for making the playful exhibition FEEL HOME in Tortona in Milan. The results? It is best experienced on site, the ambition has been to share knowledge through fun interactive installations based on everyday life activities.

IKEA and Sonos have showed a prototype to the world, a book-shelf speaker that will give customers a great connected speaker that enables a multi-functional usage in the home, at an affordable price. During the week you will for the first time get the chance to hear SYMFONISK and to get a chance to meet the people behind the products, the home furnishing experts from IKEA and the sound experts from Sonos.

For IKEA, heading into sound is a part of the smart home journey with connected products which began with the smart lighting range TRÅDFRI launched in 2016, followed by connected blinds that will be available in stores later this spring, and now sound.

If you happen to be in Milan, you’re welcome to join IKEA in playing around with sound and light at Via Tortona 32 in Milan 9-14 April (and get a sneak peek of the new SYMFONISK range, of course). And if you can’t wait, you can see a teaser video here.