(Jun 26, 2015) It was a long road, but Parliament has passed the Digital Privacy Act, or Bill S-4. “The act received Royal Assent on June 18, with some amendments to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) going into force immediately,” Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, writes in this post for Privacy Tracker, adding, “These are the first major amendments to PIPEDA since it was enacted 15 years ago.” And while the mandate requiring breach reporting to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is not yet in effect, Banks notes, “there are still a number of amendments that are important for organizations to consider now” and provides a “cheat-sheet” of key amendments. (IAPP member login required.) Read More

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Notes from the IAPP Canada Managing Director, June 26, 2015

(Jun 26, 2015) Big box, big action movie buffs will know that the latest Terminator movie will soon be released. For those less aware, the Terminator is from the future and can travel through time. I was thinking about those movies when I had the occasion this week to flip though the slides produced by the Future Agenda on the future of privacy. The Future Agenda is a not-for-profit, cross-discipline programme that tries "to unite the best minds from around the globe to address the greatest challenges of the ... Read More

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Web Conference: Canada’s Mandatory Breach Notification and More

(Jun 26, 2015) The Digital Privacy Act, or Bill S-4, makes a number of important amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, most of which are now in force. In this web conference, hear from Fasken Martineau DuMoulin Partner Alex Cameron, who has written on the changes to the law, and from Peggy Byrne, managing counsel and privacy for CIBC Legal Department, about the key changes and their potential impacts for all organizations handling personal information about Canadians. ... Read More

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Video: Steve Mann on “Priveillance,” Nature and Tech

(Jun 26, 2015) Steve Mann, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Toronto and the “father of wearable computing,” seen here in his closing keynote for the 2015 IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium, touches on wearables, “the natural world and the technological world, and how these two worlds intertwine,” and “priveillance,” a concept that he defines as “concealment and watching and the balance and interplay between concealment and sight.” Read More

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Report Suggests Law Goes Beyond What CSIS Wanted

(Jun 26, 2015) The Canadian Press reports on information found in a “heavily censored” copy of a 2014 presentation and memo to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that indicates CSIS believed “significant improvements” to information-sharing could occur in the “existing legislative framework.” However, legislation that “recently received Royal Assent permits the sharing of information about activity that undermines the security of Canada,” the report states, noting Privacy Commissioner Daniel The... Read More

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PEI Gets New Privacy Commissioner—Kind Of

(Jun 26, 2015) Prince Edward Island (PEI) is getting a new privacy commissioner, The Guardian reports. Karen Rose has been chosen by the legislative management to be appointed PEI information and privacy commissioner, the report states. She was actually the province’s first privacy commissioner in 2002, but she left the post in 2005 citing personal reasons. Rose will replace Maria MacDonald, whose five-year term has expired. “The commissioner will accept appeals … from applicants or third parties who are not satisfied with the response they receive from a public body as a result of an access to information request made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,” the government site for the commissioner states. Read More

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Facebook

(Jun 26, 2015) A Supreme Court judge has upheld a BC Court of Appeal ruling in favor of Facebook in a 2014 case alleging it used member information “to endorse certain products without their consent,” Digital Journal reports. While the initial suit claimed that Facebook’s actions violated Section 4 of BC’s Privacy Act, the BC Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the judge’s 2014 interpretation of the law was erroneous. “Section 4 is a rule of subject matter competence that, like all BC law, applies only in BC. California courts determine for themselves, using California law, whether they have territorial competence over any given proceeding,” said Chief Justice Robert James Bauman. “We are pleased with the court’s ruling that our terms are fair and apply to all users,” Facebook said. Read More

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Saskatchewan Commissioner’s Annual Report Includes Concern About “Non-Responses”

(Jun 26, 2015) A report released Monday indicates Saskatchewan Privacy Commissioner Ron Kruzeniski’s 35 amendments for provincial privacy laws, including “mandatory reporting of privacy breaches, the duty to protect private information collected and including municipal police in the legislation,” have been met with 25-percent unresponsiveness from public bodies, The Star Phoenix reports. “Kruzeniski said the non-responses could involve a misunderstanding or confusion over changes in his office's procedures,” t... Read More

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Alberta’s PIPA Review To Begin

(Jun 26, 2015) Edmonton Journal reports the Alberta government has initiated its review of the province’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The review will be conducted by the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, the report states, noting the law is slated for automatic review beginning on July 1 and then every six years. PIPA “will go to a legislative committee this fall, they’ll make recommendations that come back to the ministry,” Service Alberta Minister Deron Bilous said. “It’s a way to keep the (law) current and relevant and to ensure that we’re protecting Albertans’ privacy.” Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act has been under review since 2012, the report states. Read More

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Apple Moves To Prevent Accessing Apps for Ads

(Jun 25, 2015) Apple will no longer share app data, “which is akin to web-browsing history,” with developers for tailoring ads to its users, The Information reports. Apps and social networks “have sometimes drawn on data about other apps that are already installed” on phones to determine what ads to show users, the report states, noting, for example, if a user “has downloaded a lot of games, including ones that cost money, they may be shown an ad for a paid game that they don’t already have.” The move to disco... Read More

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