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March 5, 2015

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued its first penalty under CASL's commercial electronic messaging (CEM) rules. In its News Release, the CRTC states that a Notice of Violation, including a penalty of $1.1 million, was issued against Compu-Finder for sending CEMs without the recipient's consent and without a properly functioning unsubscribe mechanism. The company now has 30 days to provide written representations or pay the penalty.

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February 20, 2015

In a significant decision released this week, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in Hopkins v. Kay that a private plaintiff may bring a class proceeding for damages in tort against Peterborough Regional Health Centre for the unauthorized access to personal health information, even in circumstances where the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has closed his investigation. The Court rejected the argument 

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February 12, 2015

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a research report today entitled Privacy and Cyber Security - Emphasizing privacy protection in cyber security activities.  The report explores how challenges for cyber security are also challenges for privacy and data protection, and sets out policy directions for generating dialogue on cyber security as an element of online privacy protection.  

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December 10, 2014

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC") released a Report of Finding yesterday on app permissions.  The investigation arose from a complaint regarding an update for the Google Search App on the Android Platform.  The complainant alleged that by requiring that "permissions" be accepted in order to use the updated app, Google was forcing him to consent to the collection of personal information beyond that required to fulfil the purposes of the app's functionality.

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November 20, 2014

The Government of the Province of Alberta has introduced a bill proposing amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).  The amendments have been proposed in response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Foods and Commercial Workers, Local 401 which held that PIPA is unconstitutional and declared it invalid.


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