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OPC appeals court Facebook decision 

Internet and Governance | 05/15/2023 3:31 pm EDT

The federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner has filed notice that it intends to appeal last month's decision from the Federal Court striking down its challenge to Facebook's data collection practices.  In a notice of appeal filed with the court on Friday, the OPC...

OPC calls for changes to Bill C-27

Internet and Governance | 05/12/2023 12:27 pm EDT

While calling it an "improvement" over both the current existing private-sector privacy law and a "step in the right direction", Canada's federal privacy watchdog has called for a number of changes to Bill C-27, or the Digital Charter Implementation Act.  Chief among the...

MP plans legislation to protect workers from ‘bossware’

Internet and Governance | 03/07/2023 1:32 pm EST

A Toronto MP is looking to introduce legislation that will cover the use of...

Rogers found to have violated PIPEDA through voiceprint program

telecom | 10/07/2022 3:49 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. violated a customer’s privacy by not deleting her voiceprint from its program, even though she had told the company to do so, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) found, citing provisions of the Personal Information Protection and...

Pandemic has altered cybersecurity landscape: CIRA survey

telecom | 10/05/2022 4:29 pm EDT

Just over half of IT security professionals feel their organization in more...

Ethics Committee calls for moratorium on use of facial recognition tech

telecom | 10/04/2022 5:07 pm EDT

Parliamentarians on the House of Commons Ethics committee are calling for a...

Privacy watchdogs call for better health data practices 

telecom | 09/21/2022 4:41 pm EDT

Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial privacy commissioners are...

Canadian politicians subject to police surveillance, Ethics committee told

telecom | 08/09/2022 6:32 pm EDT

The Parliamentary committee looking at so-called on device investigation...

RCMP not using Pegasus, Ethics committee upset with lack of information

telecom | 08/08/2022 6:50 pm EDT

The RCMP are not deploying the Pegasus system to conduct surveillance on...

Ethics committee to study RCMP’s use of ‘device investigation tools’

telecom | 07/26/2022 5:42 pm EDT

The House of Commons Ethics committee will hold...

Quebec class-action goes after Google for $50 million

Media | 07/11/2022 5:25 pm EDT

The Superior Court of Quebec has authorized a class-action lawsuit against Alphabet Inc.'s Google for...

Cell phone border search bill, with higher search threshold, passes Senate

telecom | 06/21/2022 5:24 pm EDT

Late Monday night the Senate passed a reformed version of a bill that seeks to codify the standard in the Customs Act under which Canadian border officials can search a...

Gov. tables three-headed private sector privacy reform bill

Media | 06/16/2022 5:45 pm EDT

Touting it as a "historic day" at an afternoon press conference, Innovation...

Government introduces two-part cybersecurity bill

telecom | 06/14/2022 6:45 pm EDT

The government’s new cybersecurity bill, introduced on Tuesday, is taking a two-pronged approach. One...

Senate committee rejects Gov. threshold for border cell phone search bill 

Media | 06/13/2022 5:56 pm EDT

The Senate's National Security and Defence Committee has pushed back...

Dufresne pledges to continue Therrien’s work as Privacy Commissioner

Internet and Governance | 06/13/2022 3:54 pm EDT

Incoming Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne vowed to stay the course, following the example set by his predecessor Daniel Therrien.  Dufresne appeared before the House...

Philippe Dufresne appointed Privacy Commissioner

telecom | 06/09/2022 2:19 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Philippe Dufresne as Privacy Commissioner Wednesday. ...

OPC calls for higher threshold on border cell phone search bill

telecom | 06/06/2022 5:01 pm EDT

When it comes to the government's plan to lower the threshold governing the...

OPC needs budget doubled, Therrien says in swan song

telecom | 06/03/2022 5:19 pm EDT

If the government reintroduces its online privacy bill, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) will...

Tim Hortons app violated privacy laws: privacy watchdogs

Media | 06/01/2022 5:48 pm EDT

Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons violated national privacy law because...

New legislation needed to cover growing privacy issues: Therrien

Media | 05/26/2022 4:07 pm EDT

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is calling for new legislation that...

Bill S-7 would “weaponize the Customs Act”: Senator

telecom | 05/04/2022 4:06 pm EDT

A Government bill in the Senate that seeks to codify the legal threshold for the search of digital devices at border crossings would "weaponize the Customs Act in fresh and unintended ways," according to one Senator.  In remarks to the Senate Tuesday, Senator Paula...

Therrien endorses Ethics report on data dive, makes further recommendations

telecom | 05/04/2022 3:58 pm EDT

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has welcomed the report on collection...

Ethics committee seeks changes to privacy laws, opting out of data collection

telecom | 05/03/2022 5:34 pm EDT

The House of Commons’ Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and...

Privacy watchdogs call for legal framework governing facial recognition

telecom | 05/02/2022 4:24 pm EDT

Along with counterparts from the provinces, the federal privacy watchdog...

Facebook lied in Security Committee: Rodriguez

Media | 04/27/2022 4:28 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has said the Government is not backing down from its legislative effort...

Facebook doesn’t rule out blocking news content if C-18 passes, docs reveal telecom opposition to online harms framework 

Internet and Governance | 04/26/2022 5:43 pm EDT

Representatives of Twitter Inc. and Meta Platforms Inc.'s Facebook have acknowledged that the companies have serious concerns about a pair of Government legislative efforts...

OPC not consulted, privacy experts concerned on cell phone border search bill

telecom | 04/13/2022 5:44 pm EDT

A new Government-backed Senate bill now seeks to establish a new framework...

Device search bill will safeguard traveller rights: Gov.

telecom | 03/31/2022 6:15 pm EDT

In what it says is an effort to safeguard travellers' rights when entering...

Put national moratorium on facial recognition for law enforcement, lawyer tells HoC committee

Media | 03/21/2022 5:01 pm EDT

The Canadian government should place a national...

Public and private sector privacy laws need an update: Therrien to Ethics committee 

telecom | 03/03/2022 4:31 pm EST

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien has followed...

PHAC data dive legal but not necessarily ethical, Parliamentarians told

telecom | 02/28/2022 5:38 pm EST

The gathering of mobility cellphone data by the Public Health Agency of...

Telus, Blue Dot stress Health Canada never received personal data

telecom | 02/18/2022 5:26 pm EST

It would be impossible for the government to re-identify mobility data of...

Government is using surveillance in data dive, Ethics committee told

telecom | 02/14/2022 4:05 pm EST

A panel of academics reiterated that the Privacy Act and the Personal...

PHAC lack of transparency “appalling”, Cavoukian tells Ethics committee

Internet and Governance | 02/11/2022 10:06 am EST

Ontario’s former privacy commissioner called the Public Health Agency’s (PHAC) lack of transparency on mobility data collection “appalling” and urged a strengthening...

House adopts Ethics report, Liberals vote against measure

telecom | 02/08/2022 6:38 pm EST

The House of Commons passed an Opposition motion endorsing the Ethics...

Privacy Commissioner advocates update of Privacy Act before Ethics committee

Media | 02/07/2022 4:43 pm EST

Canada’s Privacy Act needs to be updated, Privacy Commissioner Daniel...

Duclos and Tam face Ethics committee over data collection, RFP extended again

telecom | 02/03/2022 7:42 pm EST

Data being collected by private companies on behalf of the Public Health...

Few stakeholders fully support Heritage proposal for online harms: report

Internet and Governance | 02/03/2022 7:12 pm EST

The government needs to rethink its approach to regulating harmful content online, the majority of submissions to a consultation process argue, according to a summary of those...

Tories attack government over PHAC data tracking, Huawei delay

telecom | 02/02/2022 3:38 pm EST

Two Conservative MPs lambasted the Liberal government on Tuesday over data...

Tam refuses to appear before Ethics committee, Duclos to testify on Thursday

telecom | 01/31/2022 4:56 pm EST

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has declined an...

Clearview goes to B.C. Supreme Court to fight privacy order

Media | 01/25/2022 6:11 pm EST

A controversial artificial intelligence and facial recognition software...

Ethics committee votes for data hearing, Health Canada amends RFP

Internet and Governance | 01/13/2022 5:09 pm EST

OTTAWA–The House of Commons Ethics committee voted unanimously  Thursday...

Opposition seeks emergency probe into Health Canada cellphone tracking

telecom | 01/10/2022 5:21 pm EST

A group of four Opposition MPs is asking for an emergency meeting of the...

UPDATED: Conservative MP Brassard demands investigation into cellphone tracking

telecom | 01/07/2022 4:17 pm EST

Conservative MP John Brassard wrote a letter Jan. 5 to Privacy Commissioner...

Court rejects BCCLA request to intervene in OPC v. Facebook court case

Media | 12/10/2021 1:20 pm EST

A Federal Court judge has denied an application by the British Columbia...

Panelists call on government to rethink C-11

Media | 11/17/2021 4:59 pm EST

The Canadian government should broaden its consultation over its online harms bill, a Wednesday Canadian Internet Governance Forum (CIGF) panel hosted a 90-minute discussion on the topic of Regulating Online Harms in Canada. One year ago the Trudeau government introduced...

UPDATED: Rayes replaced by John Nater as Heritage shadow minister

Media | 11/09/2021 3:24 pm EST

A Conservative MP who was outspoken on the revised Broadcasting Act, Bill...

RCMP seeks to develop encrypted data solutions for investigation purposes

telecom | 11/04/2021 5:03 pm EDT

The RCMP is looking for an artificial intelligence decryption system that...

Quebec court moves ahead with proposed class-action against Google

Media | 11/02/2021 5:30 pm EDT

A Quebec Superior Court judge has rejected an application by Alphabet...

Nova Scotia Department of Justice failed privacy obligations: watchdog 

telecom | 10/28/2021 5:37 pm EDT

The Nova Scotia provincial privacy watchdog has admonished the province's Department of Justice for not living up to its obligations under Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information...

Google seeks to appeal court decision on PIPEDA application 

Media | 09/29/2021 4:47 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc.'s Google is appealing a July court decision that determined...

RCMP looking to expand its digital policing services

telecom | 09/22/2021 6:37 pm EDT

The RCMP is seeking to expand its digital policing services, months after the Office of the Privacy...

Ontario privacy watchdog says province should update privacy law, even without feds

Media | 09/07/2021 5:59 pm EDT

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC)...

Gov announces plans for Digital Safety Commissioner to combat online harms

Internet and Governance | 07/29/2021 6:11 pm EDT

The federal government intends to create a new Digital Safety Commissioner...

Court decides PIPEDA applies to Google search, “right to be forgotten” debate kept alive

Media | 07/09/2021 5:39 pm EDT

A court decision that Canada’s federal private...

Summer recess: your parliament update

Media | 06/25/2021 6:30 pm EDT

With Parliament rising this week for its summer break, a number of bills of interest to the broadcasting...

ArriveCAN app usage needs information safeguards: OPC’s Therrien

Media | 06/21/2021 6:00 pm EDT

The ArriveCAN app -- which travellers into Canada must now use to submit...

Online platforms should be held liable for child porn uploads, non-consensual content: Ethics Committee “Pornhub report”

Internet and Governance | 06/17/2021 6:18 pm EDT

Editor’s note: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault. The onus to protect individuals depicted in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and non-consensual...

Federal Court judge strikes elements of key-OPC affidavit in Facebook case 

Media | 06/16/2021 5:02 pm EDT

A federal court judge has ruled on motions from both sides of a court...

RCMP violated Privacy Act: OPC; RCMP lied: Angus

Media | 06/10/2021 7:03 pm EDT

Four months after the federal privacy watchdog declared that Clearview AI engaged in illegal mass...

CIRA poll finds Canadians support new privacy laws and cyber attack prevention measures

Media | 05/26/2021 6:19 pm EDT

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has found Canadians show strong support for new laws to protect privacy and prevent cyber attacks following a survey it...

OPC finds privacy protections of EdTech company lacking

Media | 05/21/2021 5:17 pm EDT

A Canadian educational technology company used by the York Region District...

Privacy Commish wants power to triage complaints and requests

Media | 05/10/2021 6:42 pm EDT

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner needs to be able to decide what to...

Regulator needed to deal with tech-facilitated gender violence: report

Media | 04/30/2021 12:03 pm EDT

Canada should establish a centralized expert regulator for...

LinkedIn disputes privacy breach claims

Media | 04/29/2021 5:19 pm EDT

Professional networking platform LinkedIn will have its applications for a summary trial heard in the...

Experts question effectiveness of online harm regulator

Media | 03/31/2021 6:03 pm EDT

Panelists reflecting Wednesday on Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s...

OPC seeks future-proof updates to public sector privacy laws

telecom | 03/25/2021 7:36 pm EDT

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner wants Canada’s yet-to-be revamped...

Clearview AI engaged in illegal mass surveillance: privacy commissioners

Media | 02/03/2021 6:43 pm EST

The facial recognition technology company used by dozens of police...

Court should strike portions of OPC affidavit: Facebook 

Media | 01/21/2021 6:30 pm EST

On the second day of a preliminary hearing into a dispute between Facebook and the federal privacy watchdog Thursday, the social media giant presented arguments to a Federal Court judge that the court should strike from the record a large portion of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s key affidavit.  The larger case that could ultimately decide whether or not Facebook Inc. is in violation of Canadian privacy law.  In arguments extending from the first day of the hearing on Tuesday, lawyers representing the website told judge Jocelyne Gagné that much of the evidence contained in...

Facebook, OPC square off in court over Cambridge Analytica report

Media | 01/20/2021 5:05 pm EST

The motto of Facebook Inc. is, famously, "move fast and break things." ...

New privacy legislation mixed bag in terms of enforcement, experts say

telecom | 12/18/2020 1:24 pm EST

When the federal government’s proposed new privacy legislation, Bill...

OPC finds Desjardins too passive about data protection prior to 2019 breach

telecom | 12/14/2020 2:48 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has released its report into a major data breach at the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, which affected around 9.7 million individuals and...

OPC supports PIAC call for CRTC to clarify rules for tracing apps

telecom | 12/01/2020 5:48 pm EST

While it believes the CRTC's existing definition of "customer confidential...

Journalistic exemption under PIPEDA should apply to Google: CBC

Media | 11/26/2020 6:16 pm EST

In a case that could determine whether a "right to be forgotten" exists in Canada — and whether search engine results on Alphabet Inc.'s Google would be considered journalistic and thus exempt from de-indexing requests — CBC/Radio-Canada has told Federal Court that...

OPC expresses concern over privacy rights in government’s PIPEDA update

Media | 11/20/2020 2:31 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has responded to the Liberal government’s proposed new privacy legislation for the private sector — while the office “welcomes” Bill...

Gov’t tables PIPEDA reform, new consumer privacy legislation

Media | 11/17/2020 5:54 pm EST

The federal government introduced sweeping private-sector privacy law...

Government launches Privacy Act consultation

Media | 11/16/2020 6:34 pm EST

The federal government today announced that it is launching a public consultation on reviewing the Privacy Act, Canada's public sector privacy law.  In a Monday evening release, the Department of Justice said that members of...

OPC seeks right for Canadians to push back on AI decision making 

Media | 11/13/2020 8:14 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has issued its...

PIAC requests privacy review of contact tracing apps

telecom | 10/29/2020 6:24 pm EDT

Six months after the CRTC declined its request to hold an inquiry into contact tracing technologies and...

Facial recognition in malls violated privacy, commissioners say

telecom | 10/29/2020 5:58 pm EDT

An investigation into the use of facial recognition technology to analyze age and gender of customers in shopping malls owned by Cadillac Fairview concluded that it violated Canadian privacy law, the...

OPC joins counterparts in calling for safeguards on facial recognition and AI

telecom | 10/28/2020 6:43 pm EDT

The federal privacy watchdog has joined its counterparts from 12 other countries in calling for "stronger privacy protections and greater accountability" when it comes to the development and use of...

OPC failed to observe ‘bedrock rules of evidence’ in court: Facebook

Media | 10/27/2020 10:33 am EDT

Facebook Inc. is asking a judge to throw out significant chunks of an...

Proposed Quebec privacy law overhaul ‘concerning’: Bell lawyer

Media | 10/20/2020 6:17 pm EDT

Speaking Tuesday morning at an online event, Bell assistant general counsel Ruby Barber said that a proposed overhaul of Quebec's privacy law -- known as Bill 64 -- is...