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Highly Confidential Data—A Cybersecurity Risk for Cannabis Related Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Cybersecurity is a significant business risk for any organization that collects personal data. The greater the amount of personal data collected by an organization, the greater the risk that it will be targeted by...more

Key priorities of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2017

by DLA Piper on

The privacy law regime in Canada affects any organization whose business involves dealing with the personal information of Canadians. Canada’s main private sector privacy legislation is the federal Personal Information...more

Tales from the Trenches: Lessons Learned from the Ashley Madison Data Breach

by BakerHostetler on

In July 2015, the online cheating website Ashley Madison was hacked and data pertaining to its 37 million users were published online. The story made headlines given the sensitive nature of the information exposed, the number...more

The Ashley Madison Breach: Canada-Australia Report of Investigation and Takeaways for all Organizations

by Dentons on

On August 23, 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its joint report with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) regarding its investigation of the 2015 Ashley Madison...more

O’ Really, Canada? Data Breach Log Rules Underway

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

In June 2015, Canada made significant amendments to its data privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  These amendments to PIPEDA will require businesses to inform the Canadian...more

Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

by FordHarrison on

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be...more

Canada’s amendments to PIPEDA now largely in force

Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) has been amended by The Digital Privacy Act (the “DPA”). DPA updates PIPEDA and modernizes Canadian data privacy and security law. DPA is now...more

PIPEDA Amendments In-Force

by Dentons on

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

Legislative Alert: Bill S-4, an Act to amend Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) passed...

by Dentons on

On June 18, 2015, Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act was passed by Canada’s House of Commons vote. Bill S-4 was previously passed by Canada’s Senate. The Digital Privacy Act includes important amendments to the Personal...more

Risk of Data Breaches Keeping You Up? Assess Data Security Before The Holiday Season

by Perkins Coie on

Data security breaches marred the 2013 holiday season for many consumers and retailers. The most famous security breach, at Target Corporation (Target), involved the loss of information on 40 million payment cards and...more

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

by Dentons on

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

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Canada

by BakerHostetler on

This fall, Canadian Parliament failed to pass proposed amendments to its federal privacy law that would impose a mandatory breach notification requirement. Bill C-12, originally introduced in 2010 and reintroduced in 2011,...more

Privacy Reform Coming in Light of Big Data

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart today released a position paper which offers a roadmap for modernizing Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law, Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more

Cautionary Tale For The Helpful Employee

by Dentons on

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

by Dentons on

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

No Right To Audio Recording Or Customer Service Representative’s Name: OPC Guidance On Access Rights

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On December 13, 2012, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released Report of Findings #2012-004 (August 22, 2012) relating to the unauthorized disclosure to an imposter of a cell phone customer’s account...more

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