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PIPEDA Amendments In-Force

Amendments to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) are frequently proposed but just as frequently die on the order paper. Bill S-4, which proposed the most significant amendments to...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

Privacy law and anti-spam: Guidance from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Recent enforcement under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is keeping the spotlight on this new legislation, which came into force just last year....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

Canadian Privacy Compliance: Time for your Online Checkup

In a previous post on online behavioural advertising (OBA), we wrote about the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s ”call to action” to stakeholders in the advertising industry on OBA, and we discussed the industry’s response...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

Oh Canada! Google Settles Health-Related Behavioral Advertising Claims

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced on January 15, 2013, that it reached a settlement with Google over the use of health information in behavioral advertising. The case involving a complaint that...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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