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(Mar 6, 2015) I can count on my fingers the number of times organizations have been ordered to pay monetary damages for violations of privacy laws in Canada. And I wouldn’t need a calculator’s help to add up the total amount that has been ordered payable to complainants. While math may not be everyone’s strongest subject, the point is the numbers we are dealing with are strikingly low. Yesterday, Canada’s newest “privacy” law, CASL, the anti-spam law, changed all that. A company was ordered to pay $1.1 mill... Read More

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Therrien: Bill C-51 Will Not Give Canadians What They Need

(Mar 6, 2015) Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien writes about the government’s proposed antiterrorism legislation, Bill C-51, cautioning that the bill, “in its current form, would fail to provide Canadians with what they want and expect: legislation that protects both their safety and their privacy. As proposed, it does not strike the right balance.” In his submission to Parliament on Bill C-51, Therrien writes, “If adopted in its current form, the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act would make avail... Read More

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CRTC Issues $1.1 Million CASL Fine

(Mar 6, 2015) In a blog post, nNovation Partner Shaun Brown discusses the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announcement of its first Notice of Violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), including a $1.1 million penalty. “The company on the receiving end of the notice is Compu-Finder,” Brown writes. The CRTC’s notice alleges the company sent commercial electronic messages without consent and unsubscribe mechanisms did not work in all messages. “It may be a bit of a surprise that the first publicized penalty is over a million dollars,” Brown writes, adding, “That is significant. However, there are a few things about this notice that are as expected”—such as evidence of multiple CASL violations. Read More

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Data Centre Could Be Charged in Child Abuse Case

(Mar 6, 2015) In what Naked Security reports “would be a game-changing shift in prosecutorial tactics,” Canadian police are considering charging the owner of data drives seized “from the dark net”—drives containing 1.2 petabytes of data “in what could be the largest child abuse image investigation ever.” That number translates to more than four times the information in the U.S. Library of Congress, the report states. The Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic’s Tamir Israel noted charges ... Read More

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Gov’t Under Fire for PHIPA Inaction

(Mar 6, 2015) While Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) came into force more than a decade ago, "it has resulted in zero completed prosecutions,” The Toronto Star reports, noting Ryerson University Privacy and Big Data Institute Executive Director Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s former commissioner, is among those who disagree with the government’s stance on PHIPA. She said the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner “possesses the strongest expertise to determine whether there ha... Read More

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Breaches Affect Social Assistance Recipients, Business Clients

(Mar 6, 2015) The Canadian Press reports that hundreds of social assistance recipients in Ontario “had their tax forms with private information, including Social Security numbers, sent to the wrong places last month.” Ministry of Community and Social Services Director Jeff Bowen said the ministry has made changes for future forms and is reviewing its procedures to prevent a future incident. "So now we have a privacy issue for 700 of the most vulnerable people in this province," said MPP Cindy Forster (NDP-Wel... Read More

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Wearable Tech Event Hosts Record Turnout; What App Would Snowden Use?

(Mar 6, 2015) TechVibes reports more than 700 people signed up to take part in this week’s Wearable Tech—Privacy, Identity and Payments at the MaRs Discovery District. “The event sparked discussion from big players in the financial technology industry about how wearables and mobile payments present both opportunities and challenges in becoming a means of identity,” the report states. Meanwhile, CBC News reports on Edward Snowden’s appearance via teleconference at a Ryerson University event where he outlined “a few free programs that can help protect your privacy. Read More

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Access Review Includes 90 Recommendations

(Mar 6, 2015) The Telegram reports the Access to Information Review Committee “has completed its work and submitted a report to government with 90 recommendations to improve” the information access system in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). “The review, led by former Premier Clyde Wells, retired journalist Doug Letto and former Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, has been studying the province’s access to information system for nearly a year,” the report states. NL Premier Paul Davis has said he will accep... Read More

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Real Tools for Privacy Management

(Mar 5, 2015) “New information technology is at the heart of so many of the privacy challenges we face today—big data, Internet of Things, metadata analysis—but the technology we actually use to solve privacy problems is just this side of the Stone Age,” Daniel Weitzner writes in this post for Privacy Tech. Privacy policies are necessary, but on their own, they’re hardly sufficient, and even the steps involved in creating and maintaining a privacy program “cannot possibly keep up with the scale, scope and velocity of data being processed by today’s large, information-intensive organizations,” he writes. Instead, Weitzner suggests, “A new approach to privacy management is necessary in order to enable organizations to handle data at scale and simultaneously remain consistent with the high standards of privacy protection.” Read More

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Your Organization May Have Been Breached. When Do You Disclose?

(Mar 5, 2015) During Data Breach Notification Bootcamp at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Liisa Thomas led a packed room through a privacy pro's hypothetical nightmare: Your organization has detected a potential breach incident. Now what do you do? The Privacy Advisor Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, outlines the next steps, the questions you need to ask and how your PR team needs to respond. And breach headlines continue to abound, with the latest media reports focused on inc... Read More

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