Digital Privacy Act Receives Royal Assent

On June 18, 2015 the Digital Privacy Act, which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada) (“PIPEDA”) received Royal Assent.  Most provisions of the Digital Privacy Act are now in force.  A copy of the provisions can …

Keep reading

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law – First Fine Issued

The CRTC, which regulates Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), has announced  that it has  imposed its first fine under the new legislation, which came into effect in 2014.  Quebec-based Compu-Finder has been fined CDN$ 1,100,000.00 for repeated violations of the CASL rules, …

Keep reading

Eye Spy: A Look at Video Surveillance in Strata Corporations

In January 2011, the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner (“OIPC”) released updated privacy guidelines to help Strata Corporations and Strata Agents discharge their duties under the Strata Property Act, while meeting their obligations to protect owners, tenants …

Keep reading

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, …

Keep reading

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.  …

Keep reading

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 …

Keep reading

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”, …

Keep reading

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 …

Keep reading

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 …

Keep reading

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, …

Keep reading