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1 May 2014, 7:19 pm by David Fraser
Earlier this week, Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier dropped a bombshell: Law enforcement agencies asked nine Canadian telcos for personal information 1.2 MILLION times and received data in more than three quarters of those cases. [read post]
29 Apr 2014, 2:22 pm by David Fraser
Paul McLeod of the Halifax Chronicle Herald and Alex Boutilier of the Toronto Star have both reported on a dramatic revelation made by Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier after testifying before a Senate committee about Bell Canada's new privacy policy. [read post]
28 Apr 2014, 1:19 pm by David Fraser
For the lawyers who read this blog, this topic may be getting tired but I'm regularly confronted by business folks who have heard very little about Canada's new Anti-SPAM law (CASL). [read post]
28 Apr 2014, 11:03 am by David Fraser
Just posted to the Canadian Cloud Law Blog: Canadian Cloud Law Blog: Data location doesn't matter: US Federal Judge: In a decision that should not come as a big surprise, a US Federal Court judge has determined that the location of data under Microsoft's custody is not relevant. [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]
24 Apr 2014, 7:07 am by David Fraser
The Supreme Court has just issued its decision in the case of Ontario (Community Safety and Correctional Services) v. [read post]
24 Apr 2014, 5:12 am by David Fraser
Mark Goldberg over at Telecom Trends is blogging about an article in the print edition of the Toronto Star (Did Privacy Commissioner lose private information? [read post]
23 Apr 2014, 10:14 am by David Fraser
I was invited to lead a discussion at the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs on Nova Scotia's cyberbullying legislation and its impact on freedom of expression. [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 10:32 am by David Fraser
The Information and Privacy Commissioner has released her investigation report to allegations that Ontario police are routinely inputting sensitive mental health information into national police databases, which are not only accessible to all Canadian police departments, but also the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security. [read post]
8 Apr 2014, 12:22 pm by David Fraser
As expected, the government has tabled amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, but this time in the Senate as Senate Government Bill - S-4. [read post]
4 Apr 2014, 9:09 am by David Fraser
In a speech at the Digital Canada 150 Launch, Industry Minister James Moore hinted very strongly that amendments to Canada's private sector privacy law is just around the corner. [read post]
3 Apr 2014, 4:27 pm by David Fraser
The latest edition of the Canadian IT Law Association Newsletter (full disclosure: I'm a contributor, but didn't write this piece) has a very good summary of a recent case from Ontario (R v [Redacted on request], 2014 ONCJ 130) that held, among other things, that a person at a nude beach has no expectation of privacy. [read post]
3 Apr 2014, 2:41 pm by David Fraser
The United States Trade Representative has released its latest Report on Foreign Trade Barriers [PDF] which specifically identifies certain Canadian provincial privacy laws as non-tariff trade barriers. [read post]
1 Apr 2014, 5:11 am by David Fraser
Charmaine Borg, the NDP's digital issues critic and the most activist MP in the area of privacy has tabled Bill C-580 to update the federal Privacy Act to require breach notification and a mandatory 5-year review of the Act. [read post]
28 Mar 2014, 5:32 am by David Fraser
The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine (CCCA Magazine) Spring 2014 edition had a strong focus on privacy, "Managing your Privacy Risk: An In-house Guide." [read post]
28 Mar 2014, 3:35 am by David Fraser
Earlier this week, the Halifax Chronicle Herald published a story about information that has come to light about the extent to which law enforcement agencies are seeking -- and getting -- access to private information without a warrant. [read post]
25 Mar 2014, 7:16 am by David Fraser
The Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada has today tabled in Parliament the report of her investigation into the loss of a portable hard drive that contained personal information more than half a million student loan recipients by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. [read post]
19 Mar 2014, 12:01 pm by David Fraser
Ontario's well-regarded Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ann Cavoukian, is stepping down at the conclusion of her unprecedented third term, but is then stepping across town to take a prestigious new position at Ryerson University as the Executive Director of the Ryerson University Institute for Privacy and Big Data. [read post]
6 Mar 2014, 10:32 am by David Fraser
In January, the fine folks at the Citizen Lab made some very in-depth inquiries of Canadian telecommunications providers asking about the practices of providing customer information to law enforcement and national security agencies. [read post]
25 Feb 2014, 4:38 pm by David Fraser
In a decision issued yesterday, the Federal Court ordered the the identity of plaintiffs in a putative class action against Health Canada should be protected to allow them to pursue their claim against the Government for the breach of privacy of members of the Medical Marihuana Access Program. [read post]