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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

OPC opens consultation on transborder data flows: Proposes reversal in approach datalock2.jpb

On April 9, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) launched a consultation on transborder data flows in which they indicated that they were revisiting their long-held position that a transfer of personal information to a service provider for processing does not require consent from the individual, and now propose that a transfer for processing involves a disclosure of personal information and therefore requires consent. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Estonia set to introduce ‘AI judge’ in small claims court to clear court backlog Man&Botshakinghands

Recently, I commented on Jane Philpott’s, former Canadian minister of digital government, launch of the federal government’s Directive on Automated Decision Making, purported to use artificial intelligence (AI) to assist the government in replacing mundane administrative tasks within all of its branches.   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:17 AM

Financial watchdogs seeking input for regulations on crypto assets Geoffrey Cher, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

The emergence of crypto asset trading platforms in the financial market and concerns about their accountability and security have spurred the bodies overseeing securities and investments in Canada to consult with the public on how they can be better regulated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Some Twitter accounts not personal information, Alberta privacy commission rules Pina D’Agostino, Osgoode Hall Law School

An adjudicator with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has ruled the provincial education ministry can provide the names of blocked Twitter accounts if they “lack a personal dimension,” a decision an expert in privacy law is calling surprising. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Common social media concerns for lawyers | Kim McLaughlin

Nobody understands compliance better than a lawyer. It’s no wonder then that lawyers often hesitate when it comes to public communications via social media. In my experience, the big concerns are giving legal advice, confidentiality and solicitation. ... [read more]

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

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Recently, there has been increasing scrutiny over Facebook’s use of data, how it collects data and to whom that data is disseminated. And while the privacy implications of having one’s personal information sold to large corporations to use in advertising and revenue generation is legally troubling enough, there is another less-publicized concern over Facebook and social media data collection. That concern lies around self-incrimination. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 07, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Chief Justice Wagner improves public communication, brings new ideas, change to top court, CJC and NJI TLD Exclusive

Richard Wagner, Canada’s reform-minded top judge, has already overseen changes at the three major legal institutions he leads — the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) — and there are more changes to come, he advises in a wide-ranging exclusive interview. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Online gaming industry needs more ‘privacy by design’ virtual_game_sm

The world of video games has undergone a massive transformation. As online gaming continues to thrive, the industry must earn the trust of its consumers to maintain its success. This is the second of a two-part series ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 08, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Online gaming and the responsibility to protect privacy online_gaming_sm

The world of video games has undergone a massive transformation, bringing with it new opportunities for gamers, gaming companies, advertisers, marketers and a host of other entities in the industry. As online gaming continues to thrive, the industry must earn the trust of its consumers to maintain its success. As custodians of gamers’ personal data, gaming companies have a responsibility to protect gamers’ privacy and ensure proper safeguards are in place to mitigate against breaches.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Privacy watchdog should get big teeth to fight cybercrime, Senate banking committee advises Senator Douglas Black

A Senate committee is recommending that Parliament give Canada’s privacy commissioner new authority to make binding orders and impose hefty fines on companies that fail to keep the private data of Canadians secure — reforms that have been opposed by the organized bar. ... [read more]