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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

3/27/2014 - Canada Data Protection Electronically Stored Information Privacy Policy

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

Privacy Impact Assessments Draft Code Of Practice

On August 6, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a consultation on a draft code of practice for conducting privacy impact assessments (PIAs)....more

8/13/2013 - Code of Conduct ICO New Regulations Privacy Policy UK

Why Do I Have To Agree To Your Privacy Notice? And Other Curiosities

There are a number of curious features to the Privacy Notice splash page for Canada’s new online tool for making access to information (ATIP) requests....more

5/2/2013 - Canada Confidentiality Consent Privacy Policy Transparency

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

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

Obtaining Consent To The Use Of Credit Scores: OPC Provides Guidance

On December 19, 2012, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released Report of Findings #2012-005 (dated April 27, 2012) regarding obtaining meaningful consent to the use of information provided to credit reporting...more

1/3/2013 - Consent Consumer Reporting Act Credit Reports Privacy Policy

Beyond The Privacy Policy: New Guidance

On September 5, 2012, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (“IPC”) released a new guidance paper, entitled “A Policy is Not Enough: It Must be Reflected in Concrete Practices”. This guidance paper will be...more

12/26/2012 - Audits Data Breach Privacy Policy Training

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