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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

COVID-19 being used as means to spread malicious online content, report says

Online actors are using COVID-19-related content as a means of getting people to open malicious links and attachments, according to a federal government agency tasked with monitoring online threats. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 1:48 PM

Overhaul of privacy laws includes new data protections, hefty fines for non-compliance Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains

Ottawa is launching one of the biggest shakeups of Canada’s privacy laws in many years in order to give Canadians more control over what they share online, with companies potentially facing millions of dollars in fines if they are found to misuse personal information. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 1:48 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 5:30 PM

Class action on video game ‘loot boxes’ could have massive impact, lawyer says Michael Shortt, Fasken

A major video game company is facing a class action alleging its use of a popular method for redeeming virtual items is an illegal form of gambling, a case which lawyers say has the potential to shape how gaming is done in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 05, 2020 @ 9:23 AM

Ontario cybersecurity panel could shape privacy and data security legislation, say lawyers Lyndsay Wasser sm

The findings of an expert panel on cybersecurity recently formed by the Ontario government could significantly influence future privacy and digital security legislation in the province, say two lawyers with expertise in the field. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Mall owner collected images of shoppers without consent, say privacy watchdogs Daniel Therrien

An investigation into one of Canada’s largest shopping mall owners has found it embedded cameras inside digital information kiosks at 12 malls across Canada and used facial recognition technology without customers’ knowledge or consent. The joint report from the federal privacy commissioner and his counterparts in B.C. and Alberta says Cadillac Fairview contravened privacy laws through its use of the technology. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Dalhousie law school launches clinic for early tech startups Jacqueline_Walsh

Dalhousie University’s law school has started a new clinic for students — and a new law firm for early stage startups. The initio Technology and Innovation Law Clinic is intended to help startups in the formative phases to have affordable and easy access to legal services, said director Jacqueline Walsh. “At this stage, they don’t know what they don’t know, and they don’t have the money to hire a law firm.” ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 11:43 AM

Dangers of library science denial | Joan Rataic-Lang

They warned us when I was studying for my master’s degree in library and information studies that libraries are always the first to suffer when budgets are cut. We were told to always be prepared to justify our existence. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 3:56 PM

Decision on Internet rates called win for fair pricing in Canada Pina D’Agostino, IP Osgoode

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision on the rates large telecommunications companies charge smaller players for use of their networks is being hailed as a major step forward in the fight for fair Internet pricing. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation robots

When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. ... [read more]