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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]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 11:45 AM

Reimagining privacy in times of COVID-19 CovidCrowdtracking.jpg

Now is a great time for lawyers to reread (or read) Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis’ seminal work, “The Right to Privacy,” published in the Harvard Law Journal in 1890. In what is one of the earliest expositions of privacy as a legal right, the bright Harvard graduates recognized that new technologies of their time infringed the right of an individual to be let alone. Indian lawyer and author Rahul Matthan, in his book Privacy 3.0, gives a fascinating account of how Warren’s personal efforts to protect his brother, a gay man, from public shame and conviction may have catalyzed his co-authoring of the article. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Informed consumers in age of data loss Womanmagnifying

The implementation of mandatory data breach reporting has significantly changed the data privacy landscape for both businesses and consumers in the wake of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The law has led to an expected increase in the number of reported breaches, but it’s the scale and reach of these breaches that has consumers more keenly aware of how much data on them businesses have aggregated and what cyber criminals are willing to do to access to it. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 11:55 AM

Ryerson Innovation Zone seeks budding entrepreneurs for free online program

The Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) at Ryerson University announced that it is receiving applications for the second cohort of Concept Framework: a free, interactive online, six-week part-time program that helps future entrepreneurs understand how to turn their innovative idea into a proof of concept. Applications close on April 14. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:20 PM

Courts can learn to modernize through COVID-19 crisis, experts say Trevor_Farrow_sm

Courts relying on the news media to provide openness after barring the general public from proceedings during the COVID-19 outbreak has cast light on the justice system’s lack of progress in using social media and technology to stay accessible, legal minds say. ... [read more]

Monday, March 09, 2020 @ 3:16 PM

Canada’s border guards not documenting device searches, says lawyer Cyndee_Todgham_Cherniak_sm

A recent statistic on the number of personal electronic devices being searched at Canada’s border is “understated” due to officers often failing to complete paperwork required for such inspections, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 05, 2020 @ 9:36 AM

Canadians can’t trust police using facial recognition responsibly: legal expert Michael_Karanicolas_sm

The Mounties not consulting Canada’s privacy commissioner before using facial recognition technology “speaks to a broken system of privacy protection,” says a legal mind from the Ivy League. Michael Karanicolas, a resident fellow and privacy expert with Yale Law School, says it is “immensely troubling” that the public and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) only became aware of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s use of facial recognition technology (FRT) after it was reported by news media. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Recent developments in police use of high tech for personal data collection Facialrecognition_sm.jpg

The issue of the use of video technology by police has been in the news recently. ... [read more]