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November 10, 2014

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission released guidance today on the installation of computer programs under Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL). Notably, the guidance sets out when the Act applies to the installation of computer programs and states that "self-installed software is not covered under CASL". 

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November 3, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has granted the Government of Alberta a six-month extension to amend the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).  Last November, in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, the SCC ruled that PIPA was unconstitutional and declared it invalid.  The Government of Alberta was given 12 months to bring the Act in line with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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October 17, 2014

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)  announced yesterday that international data protection authorities have endorsed a  Global Cross Border Enforcement Cooperation Arrangement.  In its news release, the OPC states that the "arrangement sets out ground rules for the sharing of confidential information related to enforcement work.  

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October 3, 2014

Privacy Class Action against Apple Refused

The British Columbia Superior Court (BCSC) has refused to certify a class action proceeding against Apple, Inc. regarding the recording of location data on iOS4 devices.  Specifically, the plaintiff alleged breach of privacy on the basis "that Apple designed and produced iOS4 so as to record and store locational data on iDevices in unencrypted form, for long periods of time, and to copy the unencrypted data onto computers when iDevices were being synchronized." 

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September 11, 2014

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has released results on its Blog from their participation in the  Global Privacy Enforcement Network's second annual international Privacy Sweep that focused on mobile apps.  In May, the OPC reviewed 151 mobile apps and looked at app permissions, whether those permissions exceeded what would be expected based on the app's functionality, and how the app explained to consumers the purposes for the collection and how the app used the data.

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