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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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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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