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April 7, 2015

Targeted advertising is the subject of a major Report of Findings of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released today.  The report sets out the OPC's findings on the results of the investigation it initiated into Bell's "Relevant Ads Program". 

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April 1, 2015

Use of Employee Monitoring Software found to violate B.C. Public Sector Privacy Legislation 

The use of employee monitoring software is the subject of a detailed investigation report released recently by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia.

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March 25, 2015

In another enforcement action by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the online dating service, Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL), according to a news release issued today.  The company had allegedly sent commercial electronic messages to registered users of the dating service with an unsubscribe mechanism that was not set out "clearly and prominently" in the message and that was not able to be "readily performed", as required under CASL.

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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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