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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

A Release Fails To Persuade Canada’s Privacy Commissioner To Discontinue Investigation

In case you missed it, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) posted Report of Findings #2013-004 (dated July 18, 2013) on November 4, 2013 relating to an access inquiry by a former employee of a bank under...more

11/8/2013 - Canada Contract Drafting OPC Personnel Records PIPEDA Release Agreements

Privacy Notices – It’s Back To Basics (Without The Boilerplate)

Earlier this year, I reported that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) was participating in the first ever Internet sweep by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN)....more

8/14/2013 - Boilerplate Language Canada GPEN Internet Mobile Apps OPC Privacy Policy Websites

Cautionary Tale For The Helpful Employee

On February 22, 2013, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released a report of findings in connection with a complaint that an employee at a mobile phone company improperly altered a phone contract of a...more

2/26/2013 - Cell Phones OPC Personally Identifiable Information PIPEDA

General, Overbroad “Agreement” Does Not Permit Reference Check On Disabled Child

On February 22, 2013, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released a summary of findings in two cases arising out of inappropriate sharing of information between two summer camps about a child following an...more

2/26/2013 - Consent Data Collection Disabled Children OPC Personally Identifiable Information PIPEDA Privacy Policy Reference Checks Summer Camp Application

Federal Court: No Judicial Review Of Privacy Commissioner Decision

In Kniss v. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Federal Court concluded that an investigative decision by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) should not be the subject of judicial review because the...more

1/30/2013 - Judicial Review OPC PIPEDA

Retention Of Address Book Information In Hashed Form Still Criticized By Canada And Netherlands

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced the results of an investigation into a mobile messaging platform that allows users to send and receive instant messages over the Internet. The OPC coordinated...more

1/29/2013 - Address Book Enforcement Mobile Apps Mobile Devices OPC Privacy Policy Texting

Status Updates – Real Time Notice Recommended By Privacy Commissioner

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) announced the results of their coordinated investigation into a mobile messaging platform...more

1/29/2013 - Internet Mobile Devices OPC Privacy Policy Texting

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant to Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

1/22/2013 - Anti-Spam Legislation Behavioral Advertising CAN-SPAM Act Compliance Cookie Banners Cookies Data Protection Electronic Communications Enforcement EU ICO OPC

UK Cookie Enforcement Report: Relevant To Canada

On December 18, 2012, the UK Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) issued an enforcement report on compliance with the rules regarding obtaining consent to the use of cookies and similar technologies....more

1/14/2013 - Anti-Spam Legislation Behavioral Advertising CAN-SPAM Act Compliance Cookie Banners Cookies Data Protection Electronic Communications Enforcement EU ICO OPC

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