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New Guidance on Disclosure Exceptions for Investigations and Fraud

On March 17, 2017, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published guidance on two new exceptions in PIPEDA permitting disclosure without consent. The guidance is very helpful to interpreting these new...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Privacy and data protection

Focus on the US - The new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) privacy rules for internet service providers (ISP) and telecommunications companies (telcos) will face an uphill battle - In a controversial ruling...more

OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility...more

Gift card litigation: Recent developments

Many retailers and shopping centre landlords use gift cards to build brand loyalty. These prepaid purchase cards come in a variety of types. They can be reloadable or not. They may be “open-loop” stored-value cards that can...more

Update on Canadian Data Breach Regulations

Innovations, Science and Economic Development Canada has issued a consultation paper asking Canadians what should be included in new data breach regulations that will be made under the Personal Information Protection and...more

Evidence and Social Media: Notes from the Canadian Twitter Trial

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Ontario Court of Justice released reasons in R. v. Elliott, 2016 ONCJ 35. The case involved allegations that the accused engaged in criminal harassment of two women by repeatedly communicating...more

Dragnet No More? Recent guidance on production orders

On January 14, 2016, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued a series of guidelines for future production orders directed to telecommunications companies for cell tower data. Although the guidelines focus...more

The thorny issue of retention periods – Insurers Beware

There is perhaps no issue under Canadian and international privacy legislation that causes as much grief as the issue of what retention period can be applied to data collected by an organization. However, recently the Office...more

The Canadian Retail Report

Our Canadian Retail Report provides you with practical content to keep you current on developments that affect retailers in Canada. In this issue, Timothy M. Banks, the Canadian lead for our Privacy and Security practice,...more

OPC’s New Priorities – Commissioner Therrien Provides an Overview

On May 28, 2015 Daniel Therrien, Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner, previewed the OPC’s priorities for attendees of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada Privacy Symposium. These...more

Online Advertisers Take Notice – Recent Canadian Decisions

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has released two important decisions this year on online behavioural advertising (OBA or interest-based advertising) so far this year. On March 25, 2015, the OPC released its...more

Canada’s Proposed Secure Air Travel Act

This is the second in a series of posts on Bill C-51, known as Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. In my last post, I examined Part 1 of the Act, which would, if passed, enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act....more

2/10/2015  /  Airlines , Canada , New Legislation

National Security: Removing Barriers to Intra-Governmental Sharing of Information

The House of Commons in Canada is back in session. The federal Conservative Government wasted no time in introducing sweeping anti-terrorism bill (Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015). I canvassed the legislative and...more

CASL – New Guidance on the Installation of Computer Programs

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has released new guidance on the provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) dealing with the installation of computer programs. The installation of...more

11/11/2014  /  Canada , CASL , CRTC

Europe Not Yet Satisfied with Adequacy of Québec’s Privacy Law

On June 4, 2014, the Article 29 Working Party (WP 29) issued a report to the European Commission (EC) regarding an application by the Province of Québec, Canada for status as a jurisdiction providing an adequate level of...more

App-Laudable Disclosures: GPEN Releases Mobile App Privacy Results

Members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) have released the results of its May 2014 privacy sweep. A common theme is the need for greater transparency regarding data collection and use prior to the downloading...more

New Canadian Anti-Spam Compliance and Enforcement Guidelines

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued new Compliance and Enforcement Guidelines for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) which will come into force in stages beginning July 1,...more

Supreme Court Issues New Interpretation Upsetting Established Protocol for Obtaining Internet Service Subscriber Information

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision (R v Spencer) upsetting a common interpretation of a provision of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) that...more

Canada’s Digital Privacy Rethink: Fines, Enforceable Compliance Agreements And More!

On April 8, 2014, Canada’s government introduced Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act, in the Senate. Bill S-4 is the federal government’s latest attempt to reform the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more

Digital Privacy Act To Reform Canadian Privacy Laws

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Hon. James Moore, Canadian Minister of Industry, announced the launch of “Digital Canada 150.” As part of the Digital Canada 150, the Government of Canada intends to introduce a Digital...more

Shortened Grace Period For Canadian Telemarketers

On March 31, 2014, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued a new Compliance and Regulatory Policy Notice (CRTC 2014-155). Among other things, the CRTC has shortened the period of time for...more

Closing The Gap Between Privacy Policies And The Use Of Portable Storage Devices

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released its Report of Findings from a year-long investigation into a significant incident involving the loss of personal data at the former Ministry of Human Resources and...more

OPC Calls For Greater Oversight Of Canadian Intelligence Community

On January 28, 2014, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) tabled a special report to Parliament on privacy oversight for Canada’s intelligence-gathering agencies. Titled “Canadian Checks and Controls:...more

1/29/2014  /  Canada , OPC , Privacy Laws , Surveillance

Is Using Health Information For Interest-Based Advertising Really Off-Limits?

As was widely reported, on January 15, 2013, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) issued a Report of Findings regarding interest-based advertising or online behavioural advertising through Google’s AdSense...more

1/16/2014  /  Advertising , Canada , EHR , Google , OPC , Privacy Laws

BYOD – It Can Be Privacy And Security Protective

On December 11, 2013, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and TELUS released a new whitepaper applying the principles of Privacy by Design to employee owned devices in the workplace. The...more

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