The thing that really gets me bothered is that these “smart password policies” that everyone totes about means nothing. You want people to remember all these crazy characters that they refuse to do, or they use a password keeper of some form.
Just tell people to use phrases. Sure, through in random characters instead of spaces, but this still makes it more difficult to brute force than running a password dump against John the Ripper.
Truthfully everyone everywhere should suspect their government is doing this. Though, Canada doing it through airport WiFi could cross the border (see what I did there?) between stealth and cunning.
Just speculation, but what if America did this and caught terrorists before they boarded? Would we be happy they spied on them, or outraged that they spied?
Unfortunately we are becoming more and more tied to our phones these days. This fact just makes the discovery even more troubling, especially when you couple that with the constant movement of those who don’t truly know how to use a smartphone wisely.