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15 Nov 2017, 5:33 pm by David Fraser
At a time when the courts and the rest of the justice system are grappling with how traditional Criminal Code offences and online misconduct intersect, the Ontario Court of Appeal has issued an important decision in R v. [read post]
20 Nov 2013, 12:52 pm by David Fraser
This afternoon, the Canadian Justice Minister and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced a new bill designed to counter specific aspects of online cyberbullying. [read post]
7 Nov 2012, 4:40 pm by David Fraser
An interesting debate over lawful access is playing out in the pages of the Windsor Star. [read post]
25 Nov 2013, 3:42 pm by David Fraser
Marijuana privacy breach class action blog postThis afternoon, my firm filed a statement of claim in the Federal Court against Health Canada (John Doe v. [read post]
13 Dec 2016, 2:00 pm by David Fraser
Yesterday, the Parliament of Canada Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has issued the result of its study of the Privacy Act. [read post]
4 Feb 2015, 6:29 pm by David Fraser
I was invited to speak to journalism students at the University of King's College about Cyber-bullying, the law, freedom of expression and the courts. [read post]
17 Feb 2014, 12:00 pm by David Fraser
Apparently the Canadian government plans to appeal a Federal Court decision that roundly chastised the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment of Canada and Department of Justice for misleading the Court in order to get warrants to have "Five Eyes" partners spy on Canadians outside of Canada. [read post]
26 Jul 2013, 6:07 am by David Fraser
Just to be sure it was dead (even before it was born), Madam Justice Russell of the BC Supreme Court heaved a shovelful of dirt on the common law tort of invasion of privacy in British Columbia in Ari v. [read post]
2 Jan 2014, 4:59 am by David Fraser
Ten years ago, on January 2, 2004, I hit "publish" on the first post for this blog: Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Welcome to the Canadian Privacy Law blog. [read post]
8 Jul 2015, 5:54 am by David Fraser
The Federal Court of Appeal in Condon v Canada, 2015 FCA 159 (not yet available online), has reversed a lower court decision to not certify claims of negligence and breach of confidence in the class action lawsuit that followed the Federal Government's loss of a hard drive containing personal information about 583,000 Canada Student Loan recipients. [read post]
13 Jun 2014, 6:48 am by David Fraser
[Note: this post is a work in progress, and will be updated as I digest the decision.]This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in R v Spencer, 2014 SCC 43.The case, on appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada, has finally provided some certainty regarding the expectation of privacy that all Canadians enjoy in their online activities. [read post]
10 Dec 2015, 7:45 am by David Fraser
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has just tabled his Annual Report on the Privacy Act to Parliament for 2014-2015. [read post]
13 Dec 2013, 1:12 pm by David Fraser
I wrote, some time ago, Nova Scotia's Cyber-safety Act is poorly written, infringes freedom of expression and may be abused. [read post]
10 Jun 2013, 7:48 pm by David Fraser
This is interesting: The organization in the Canadian federal government -- the Treasury Board -- which sets the IT and privacy policies for the entire government is implementing a privacy breach notification policy only for itself. [read post]
29 Oct 2015, 8:11 am by David Fraser
This morning, the Supreme Court granted leave to appeal the Alberta Court of Appeal decision in University of Calgary v JR, 2015 ABCA 118. [read post]
3 Jan 2014, 2:04 pm by David Fraser
The long-serving and very well-regarded Information and Privacy Commissioner for the province of Saskatchewan, Gary Dickson, has announced he will be stepping down effective as of the end of this month: Sask. information and privacy commissioner stepping down | CTV Regina News.I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Gary over the years, particularly in connection with his very gracious relationship with practitioners in the Canadian Bar Association's National Privacy and Access Law Section.… [read post]
15 Jul 2013, 7:40 am by David Fraser
Dan Michaluk just posted about the newly-approved settlement of the Canadian class action stemming from the Sony playstation hack (Settlement approved in Canadian cyber attack suit | All About Information). [read post]
25 Apr 2014, 7:11 am by David Fraser
Readers of this blog may be interested to see the following documents related to the recent loss of a hard drive which occurred while the staff of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada moved offices from Ottawa to Gatineau: Letter from the Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada to the ad hoc Privacy Commissioner reporting the breach (English only) Notice given to employees (English and French) Update notice given to employees (English and French) [read post]
11 Sep 2014, 11:42 am by David Fraser
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released the results of the second Global Privacy Sweep carried out by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN). [read post]
1 May 2015, 7:56 pm by David Fraser
Continuing the theme of "don't bother unless you have actual losses ... [read post]