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Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 3:20 PM

Ottawa reveals new contact tracing app, plans to transition CERB recipients to EI Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ontarians now have the ability to find out if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled the contact exposure app, COVID Alert, at his July 31 press conference. ... [read more]

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 1:54 PM

Why artificial intelligence will not replace lawyers | Shiva Bakhtiary

With a surge in the number of new legal tech startups come concerned citizens warning that lawyers will soon be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI). The prediction of Singularity, a point in time when AI will be indistinguishable from human intelligence, is said to occur around 2040. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 @ 12:01 PM

Facial recognition company leaves Canada amidst privacy investigation

Canada’s privacy watchdog has run off an American company that had been providing facial recognition software to a handful of police forces, including the RCMP. In a July 6 news release, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced that Clearview AI, in response to an ongoing joint investigation by the OPC and three provincial privacy authorities, has decided to “cease offering its facial recognition services in Canada.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 10:21 AM

Open banking and Canadian privacy concerns Open banking data

In 2018, millions of individuals in the United States were outraged to discover they lacked access to their bank accounts through several popular mobile applications when Plaid Technologies lost access to Capital One bank’s data streams, resulting in the financial technology company’s inability to provide critical information to applications such as Venmo and Coinbase. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Unanswered questions about future highway traffic law Coplight

The law surrounding driving will continue to change as it always has. As technology and the use of vehicles has changed, so too has the law regulating it. Early cars lacked safety features but also lacked the ability to travel at the speeds we do now. Increased safety features have reduced injury and deaths relating to motor vehicle accidents significantly. However, there is also increasing use of technology in cars such as cell phones which can lead to distraction and greater risk-taking behaviour. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 9:19 AM

Canada’s cryptologic agency releases first unclassified report

The Canadian government’s gatherer of foreign intelligence and defender from cyberattack has released to the public its first unclassified annual report. On June 29, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), established in 1946 as the Communications Branch of the National Research Council and renamed the CSE after being moved to the national defence portfolio in 1975, announced the publication of its 2019-20 report in a government news release. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

Online medical records firm hires head of partnerships and business development

Toronto-based Medchart, which enables the electronic transfer of medical records through express patient consent, has hired Anand Ablack as its head of partnerships and business development. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Ryerson Innovation Zone launches free program for legal tech entrepreneurs

The ​Legal Innovation Zone​ (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is launching a new program to support legal tech entrepreneurs anywhere in the world. Launching this fall, Sprint Studio​ is an interactive online, free, 12-week intensive program that helps entrepreneurs develop their proof of concept into a market-ready product. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 11:53 AM

Nothing good ever comes for free: Contact tracing apps and COVID-19 | Kay Wu

It goes without saying — the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed every aspect of society as we know it. Businesses, employers, markets and schools are struggling to adapt in light of social distancing measures. People have been forced to find new alternatives to carry out their daily operations amidst these unprecedented times. However, our modern methods for dealing with this age-old problem may pose certain privacy issues. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 03, 2020 @ 9:42 AM

Some day your prints will come | Sam Goldstein

It is easier now than ever before for the police to arrest Miss Scarlett for killing Col. Mustard in the library thanks to two professors from the University of Idaho who believe they can determine when a fingerprint was left on an object’s surface, like a lead pipe. ... [read more]