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Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 9:01 AM

The story behind Privacy Commissioner’s investigation of Facebook lying_facebook_sm

For the second time in a decade, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has investigated Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) for alleged failures to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). And, just as was the case in 2009 with respect to third-party applications, the OPC concluded that the complaints against Facebook were well-founded and unresolved. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Ahead of the pack: Advising the board on looming disputes crisis_management_sm

Corporations big and small are vulnerable to an ever-expanding variety of crises, ranging from sexual harassment, environmental disasters and information leaks. Using the fact scenario of a large-scale data breach, I participated on a panel, moderated by Poonam Puri, professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and expert on corporate governance, during this year’s annual Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) conference. The panel discussed what corporate counsel can do to effectively manage and contain a crisis while balancing the interests of the board, stakeholders and the public. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Sidewalk Labs: What public sector data governance would look like sidewalk_labs_sm

In my first article on data and Sidewalk Labs, I argued the case for a public sector governance regime for Google’s proposed Quayside “innovative urban district” on Toronto’s waterfront. The case is premised on the aspect of the proposal that would see significant collection of personal information in public spaces within the district — in effect “filling in the gaps” in the data collected from private spaces, including mobile phones, connected devices and in-home sensors. ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Why you need to get legal translations right translation_legal_sm

Whether it is a criminal case that will change the course of someone’s life or a transaction worth thousands of dollars, when legal translation services are needed, they need to be the best. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Looming IRS change could impact doing business in U.S. irs_tax_sm

On March 27, the Internal Revenue Service announced that only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application. This begins May 13. Until now, there has been no such requirement. The IRS says this change is part of its ongoing security review. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Sidewalk Labs and the case for public sector data governance sidewalk_labs_sm

The Google subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, is proposing to create an “innovative urban district” on Toronto’s waterfront to be called Quayside. The goal is to overlay the “physical layer” of the urban environment (buildings, streets, vehicles) with a “digital layer” of information reflecting the dynamic activities and interactions within the physical layer. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Robust social media policy vital for charities, not-for-profits donate_online_sm

With the development of new platforms and applications continuously redefining what social media is and how it is used by charities and not-for-profits (NFPs), there are corresponding challenges in applying existing legal frameworks of privacy law, intellectual property (IP) law, tort law, contract law and charity law, among others. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Arbitration: Benefits of One-Judge pilot and much more one_judge_sm

In my first article about the launch of an arbitration pilot project referred to as the “One Judge Model,” I applauded Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice for its efforts. Here are more thoughts on the initiative. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

It’s time to take mandatory mediation national | Stuart Rudner

Back in 1999, mandatory mediation was introduced in a few jurisdictions in Ontario on a trial basis. Which means that mandatory mediation has been part of the legal system in Ontario for as long as I have (I was called to the bar that February). ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Federal budget allows donations to Canadian journalism canadian_journalism_sm

On March 19, the federal government tabled its 2019 budget. The budget includes a number of important tax incentives and amendments that impact the charitable and not-for-profit sector. Of those changes, the most important include the addition of registered journalism organizations (RJOs) as qualified donees, as well as legislative amendments to ensure that certain tax incentives continue to be available for eligible donations of cultural property. ... [read more]