Overview of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

Most of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) will come into force on July 1st, 2014. After that date, organizations will either have to have the prior consent of intended recipients of commercial electronic messages, or ensure that the messages being sent, …

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FIXING ALBERTA’S PRIVACY LEGISLATION

In November, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada declared Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) to be unconstitutional, but suspended the effect of the ruling for 12 months to permit legislative changes to be brought forward to remedy the deficiencies.  …

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SENDER BEWARE: Email Marketing Into Canada – Rule Changes Affecting U.S. Organizations

Over the past years the USA has implemented initiatives to limit the volume of spam email.  Later in 2014 Canada will join other OECD countries by finally implementing its own anti-spam regulation.  My colleague James Bond Q.C. and I have both previously written …

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Comes into Force July 1st, 2014

The Government of Canada announced today that most of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) will come into force on July 1st, 2014.  After that date, organizations will either have to have the prior consent of intended recipients of “commercial electronic messages”, …

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Privacy Issues for Travellers

Canada’s Information and Privacy Commissioner has released a very useful and detailed document titled: Checking In;  Your Privacy Rights at Airports and Border Crossings.  It summarizes the various privacy and security processes in effect today for Canadian travellers.  Included is …

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BC Ministry of Health – Research Data

The British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner has now released her investigation report on recent privacy breaches which occured in the BC Ministry of Health.  The report can be found on the Commissioner’s website as No. F13-02.   The report indicates that …

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LinkedIn Class Action Dismissed

On March 5, 2013 the California District Court[1]  dismissed a proposed class action against LinkedIn arising from hackers infiltrating LinkedIn’s computer system.

In June 2012 hackers infiltrated LinkedIn’s computer system and posted approximately 6.5 million user passwords on the Internet.  Following the breach, …

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New Anti-Spam Regulations

In July of 2012 I wrote an entry for this blog discussing Canada’s pending anti-spam legislation.  On January 5, 2013 Industry Canada released a revised set of proposed regulations to the legislation, titled the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations.  There is a 30 …

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Privacy and Workplace Computers

The Supreme Court of Canada has now released its decision in the case of R v. Cole, affirming that an employee in a workplace has a reasonable expectation of privacy about personal information contained on workplace computers.  This expectation …

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Initiative

The lay person’s definition of “spam” likely contemplates advertisements for questionable drug enhancement products and solicitation from individuals set to receive a substantial inheritance; however, Canada’s anti-spam legislation tackles more than just these quintessential stereotypes. The law takes the approach …

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