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May 12, 2015

Children's apps and websites will be the focus of this year's Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) privacy sweep.  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) of Alberta will be among the 29 data protection authorities from 20 countries participating in the privacy sweep from May 11th to 15th, 2015.

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April 23, 2015

Amendments to Canada's federal privacy legislation (PIPEDA), including the introduction of a new security breach notification requirement, moved one step closer to reality yesterday as the Digital Privacy Act was referred without any amendments by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to the House of Commons for second reading. 

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April 22, 2015

New federal cybersecurity legislation will be introduced shortly, according to Federal government budget documentation released yesterday. The new law, currently entitled the Protection of Canada's Vital Cyber Systems Act, will require operators of vital cyber systems to implement cyber security plans, meet robust security outcomes for their systems and report cyber security incidents to the Federal Government.

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April 17, 2015

A $750 million national class action has been commenced against Bell Mobility Inc. and Bell Canada Inc. regarding Bell's Relevant Ads Program (RAP).  The class action seeks damages for, among other things, breach of contract, breach of the Telecommunications Act, and intrusion upon seclusion.

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April 14, 2015

A consultation paper on retail payment systems in Canada was released by the Department of Finance today.  The paper, entitled Balancing Oversight and Innovation in the Ways We Pay, seeks views on the scope and nature of oversight of national retail payment systems in Canada. 

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