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Broadcasting regulation debate at electoral standstill as advocates, industry react

Media | 09/14/2021 7:16 pm EDT

According to an advocacy group opposing restrictions on the internet, although the Conservative government has a better approach when it comes to the question on what to do...

BTLR’s Yale encouraged by Australian news compensation model; too reliant on big tech, says OpenMedia

Media | 07/06/2021 6:18 pm EDT

An initiative explored this past month in a Senate private member's bill effectively “hitched our wagon to the continued growth of these big companies” like Facebook Inc....

Guilbeault setting guidelines for diverse content online

Media | 06/30/2021 4:17 pm EDT

In order to encourage more diverse content online, Heritage Minister Steven...

Google signs licensing deals with multiple Canadian news outlets

Media | 06/24/2021 4:23 pm EDT

Following a similar announcement from Facebook Inc. and promises from Heritage Minister Stephen Guilbeault to introduce legislation requiring compensation for news organizations’ content appearing on online platforms, Alphabet Inc.’s Google announced Thursday it has signed agreements with several Canadian news...

Copyright reform not the best way forward for journalism remuneration: S-225 witnesses

Media | 06/18/2021 5:07 pm EDT

Experts in the journalism industry are not in...

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...

News advocacy group calls for action on content compensation legislation

Media | 06/09/2021 5:33 pm EDT

A group representing news outlets in Canada has put out a call to Premier Justin Trudeau’s government to put in place legislation that would require Alphabet Inc.’s Google...

Judge grants Facebook evidence request in proposed class action

Media | 05/31/2021 6:05 pm EDT

A Quebec judge has ruled that Facebook Inc. can bring forward evidence the company believes will assist it in challenging a proposed class-action lawsuit.  Facebook has been accused by an...

ISED triples spectrum available for Wi-Fi

telecom | 05/19/2021 5:59 pm EDT

The federal government is making more spectrum available to increase competition, rural connectivity and the effective deployment of Wi-Fi and 5G technologies. On Wednesday, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry...

Libs support C-10 charter review, but after full revision of bill: Dabrusin

Media | 05/03/2021 6:29 pm EDT

The Conservative party is “falsely accusing” the government of wanting...

Heritage committee wants Zuckerberg’s answers

Media | 03/29/2021 7:53 pm EDT

During a hearing on Facebook, Inc.’s relationship with the federal government Monday, multiple members...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

Media | 03/22/2021 6:07 pm EDT

As the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the...

Telecoms split on ISED’s proposed approach to opening 6 GHz band

telecom | 03/02/2021 5:20 pm EST

The federal government’s proposal to open up the 6 GHz spectrum band for WiFi use has received broad support in an Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada consultation. Every...

Facebook’s Australian news blockade won’t deter us: Guilbeault

Media | 02/18/2021 4:50 pm EST

The day after Facebook Inc. made good on its threat to block all news from being shared on its platform within Australia, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault denounced the...

Bloc pushes for web giants to support Canadian media

Media | 02/17/2021 5:10 pm EST

The Bloc Québécois is pushing the federal government to take “urgent” action to support local media by imposing new taxes on web giants such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc.  In the House of Commons...

MPs highlight need for more regulation, enforcement of social media platforms in Canada 

Media | 02/11/2021 5:23 pm EST

In a Friends of Canadian Broadcasting panel on Thursday, MPs from the three major parties indicated support for additional regulations and enforcement to manage threats of...

Official language minority groups ask to be included in Broadcasting Act overhaul

Media | 02/01/2021 5:44 pm EST

The government’s draft legislation to reform Canada’s Broadcasting Act must be amended to explicitly include official language minority communities, stakeholders told the House of Commons heritage committee Monday, during its first hearing into Bill C-10. Representatives of the Fédération culturelle...

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...

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."  But according to lawyers representing the federal privacy watchdog, the social media giant's approach...

Sales tax for foreign digital services coming July 1

Media | 11/30/2020 6:07 pm EST

The federal government plans to begin imposing sales taxes on foreign digital services on July 1, 2021...

CRTC to have ‘roughly nine months’ to act on Broadcasting Act update

Media | 11/03/2020 11:11 am EST

The Liberal government’s long-awaited update to the Broadcasting Act...

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...

Production sector to receive $50M in gov’t insurance support

Media | 09/25/2020 4:52 pm EDT

Independent producers will be able to access a $50 million insurance...

Back to Parliament: your (pandemic) preview

Media | 09/22/2020 12:43 pm EDT

TrudeuCabinetRetreat2020Given the precarious situation around the now-escalating COVID-19 pandemic, what will actually be...

Guilbeault doubles down on web giant legislation plans

Media | 09/03/2020 5:06 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault Wednesday denounced what he called...

COVID has accelerated media ‘crisis’: report

Media | 08/26/2020 5:17 pm EDT

Canadian traditional media sources are in "crisis" as COVID-19 has exacerbated existing downward trends in advertising revenues, with shortfalls for local private broadcasters in the next two years...

Gov’t to introduce web giant, CanCon, news legislation in fall: Guilbeault

Media | 06/16/2020 3:00 pm EDT

Legislation modernizing Canada’s Broadcasting Act is “pretty much...

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation survives court appeal 

Media | 06/05/2020 5:03 pm EDT

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld the constitutionality of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, commonly known as CASL.  In a decision released Friday, the court dismissed an appeal that sought to challenge the constitutionality of the anti-spam legislation. The appeal, brought by a company doing business as CompuFinder, argued that the legislation -- and a $200,000 administrative fine it received from the CRTC under the law in 2017 after sending out hundreds of unsolicited marketing emails -- violated several sections of the Charter.  Writing for the court, Justice Marc Nadon ruled that CASL did not violate several sections of the Charter, as alleged by CompuFinder. Specifically, CompuFinder had argued that the fine they were handed by the CRTC constituted a penalty without the...

‘Public outreach’ needed for ‘progress’ on encryption backdoors: gov’t doc

telecom | 05/26/2020 11:42 am EDT

In order to make “progress” on the issue of access to encrypted...

Facebook to pay $9 million to Competition Bureau after investigation

telecom | 05/19/2020 4:19 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. must pay a $9 million penalty to the Competition Bureau after making "false or misleading claims" about the privacy of personal information on the main Facebook platform and its...

Facebook targets procedural fairness at OPC in court filing

Media | 04/27/2020 5:16 pm EDT

Facebook Inc.'s request that Federal Court throw out a report from the...

Canada could track COVID-19 through cellphones: experts

telecom | 03/20/2020 3:25 pm EDT

As reports emerge of countries around the world using cellphone location...

OPC takes Facebook to Federal Court

telecom | 02/06/2020 2:17 pm EST

The Office the Privacy Commissioner has filed a much-anticipated notice of application in Federal Court against Facebook Inc., some nine months after the OPC announced that the social media giant had violated the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents...

Confusion over Guilbeault remarks on BTLR online news recs

Media | 02/03/2020 1:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — On Monday Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, with some help...

Canadian law should codify privacy as a human right: OPC

Media | 12/10/2019 6:05 pm EST

OTTAWA — Federal privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told reporters...

Facebook to lobby feds on digital services tax after election promises

Media | 11/21/2019 5:34 pm EST

Facebook Inc. has registered to lobby the federal government on “proposed...

Twitter lobbying on feds’ internet ad policy

Media | 11/18/2019 4:38 pm EST

Twitter Inc. has registered to lobby the federal government on its internet advertising policy, following the social media company’s ban on political ads on its platform globally. The registration, effective November 1, seeks...

U.S. trade organizations upset over proposed digital tax

Media | 11/15/2019 4:09 pm EST

In a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic and foreign affairs teams, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 14 other organizations have told the American government that they are concerned...

Privacy commissioners call for updated privacy law

telecom | 11/11/2019 5:58 pm EST

In a joint resolution, passed in Prince Edward Island last month and announced in Gatineau last week, federal, provincial and territorial information and privacy commissioners are calling on their respective governments to...

Consensus on ‘digital giants,’ data breaches in French debate

Media | 10/10/2019 11:57 pm EDT

Federal party leaders agreed Thursday evening in the last debate of the...

OECD seeks unified tax regime for web giants

telecom | 10/10/2019 5:49 pm EDT

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will host a public consultation next month on its proposed “unified approach” to the taxation of the world’s biggest tech companies. A document released by the...

Political parties’ use of Facebook Pixel violates CASL, CDR says

telecom | 10/08/2019 2:23 pm EDT

The Centre for Digital Rights, the non-profit founded by former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie, is asking the CRTC to agree that political parties engage in what is effectively commercial activity, and that a piece of Facebook Inc. software used by the three main political parties is effectively malware and violates Canada’s anti-spam legislation, known as CASL.  The letter to the CRTC, one of several complaints filed to various agencies in recent weeks by CDR, contends that...

Green Party platform: no anonymous social media, 5G rollout on hold

telecom | 09/16/2019 5:14 pm EDT

The Green Party election platform includes promises to ensure only...

Local Quebec radio groups want more gov’t ads

Media | 09/12/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Two local Quebec radio groups representing around 60 stations in the province are asking the provincial...

Government seeking crowdsourced spectrum usage data

telecom | 08/29/2019 5:10 pm EDT

As major spectrum auctions considered important for 5G networks grow nearer, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) wants to know more about how spectrum is used in Canada, and is looking at Victoria, B.C.-based...

Jordan Banks appointed president of Rogers Media

Media | 07/29/2019 5:30 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s media division has appointed Jordan Banks as president, effective September 9, according to a Monday press release.  Banks will replace Rick Brace, who was president since 2015 and will retire from Rogers at the end of this year.  “Banks’s mandate will include overseeing the current $2 billion Rogers Media...

‘Deepfakes’ could trigger election security alert, gov’t officials say

Media | 07/09/2019 4:50 pm EDT

Artificial intelligence technology allowing videos to be seamlessly manipulated for political purposes could potentially meet a national public interest threshold designated...

Privacy breach reports up five-fold: OPC

Media | 06/19/2019 4:37 pm EDT

Since new regulations requiring the reporting of data and privacy breaches under Canadian privacy law came into effect last November, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner has seen a five-fold increase in reports of privacy...

Change safe harbour exemptions in Copyright Act, industry committee says

Media | 06/04/2019 6:27 pm EDT

The House industry committee is asking the Heritage committee to study...

Data anonymization network launches amid privacy concerns

Media | 05/31/2019 6:24 pm EDT

A consortium of data stewards launched an informal network last week that looks to promote the anonymization of personal information in Canada in the wake of data privacy concerns sweeping the...

International legislators flag regulatory options for data giants

Media | 05/29/2019 6:01 pm EDT

OTTAWA - Legislators on Tuesday gave some sense of what regulatory options...

Tech giants agree to ‘voluntary’ set of principles: Gould

Media | 05/27/2019 5:45 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have both signed on to a...

Cogeco calling for radio representation on tax credit panel

Media | 05/22/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is lobbying the government to help Canadian radio news...

Digital rights group studying privacy policies of political parties

Media | 05/15/2019 6:01 pm EDT

The Centre for Digital Rights has hired new lobbyists to help it research...

Ethics committee grills Google over political ads decision

Media | 05/10/2019 2:31 pm EDT

OTTAWA — In an at-times tense hearing of the House of Commons ethics committee, executives from the Canada office of Alphabet Inc.’s Google made the case that the company was technologically...

Experts say there is no road map for a Facebook-OPC court fight

Media | 05/01/2019 4:17 pm EDT

If the Office of the Privacy Commissioner takes Facebook Inc. to Federal Court over the social media and data giant’s refusal to implement the office’s recommendations, the case will be the first of its kind — testing the limits of Canada’s privacy legislation,...

OPC will ask court to force changes to Facebook privacy practices

Media | 04/25/2019 5:47 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Thursday it is...

Twitter registers social media education on lobby files

Media | 04/15/2019 4:05 pm EDT

Twitter Inc. has added a timely subject matter to its lobby files: educating federal officials on social media use during elections. The social media company updated its files last week to include...

Interference related to 2019 election ‘very likely’: CSE

Media | 04/08/2019 10:01 am EDT

OTTAWA — It is now “very likely” that Canadians will face some form...

Facebook forms team for advice on ad registry

Media | 03/18/2019 2:39 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. will solicit the advice of an advisory group as part of its effort to ensure its ad registry captures key issues leading to the 2019 federal election. The group of five will include former NDP deputy leader Megan...

Google won’t run political ads in 2019 election

Media | 03/05/2019 4:01 pm EST

Alphabet Inc.’s search giant Google plans to ban political advertising from its platforms during the next federal election campaign in Canada, following the introduction of tougher political advertising transparency rules by the Liberal government. Bill C-76, which received Royal Assent on Dec. 13, created new rules requiring online advertisers to set up a registry of partisan and election-related ad messages that run during an election -- including the writ period and a pre-election period starting on June 30. “For the duration of the 2019 federal election campaign, Google will not...

Facebook ‘not aware’ of Canadian applicants for data research program

Media | 03/01/2019 1:41 pm EST

Despite heightened interest in the impact of social media on Canadian elections, Facebook Inc. said it has not heard of any Canadian institutions that have applied to view the social media giant’s...

Gov’t trending toward requiring online platforms to remove content: Gould

Media | 02/27/2019 10:32 am EST

OTTAWA -- Democratic institutions minister Karina Gould said the government...

‘Long slog’ to get ad registry ready for election, Facebook says

Media | 02/25/2019 5:59 pm EST

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc.’s head of public policy in Canada said the...

Online discoverability a challenge for books, magazines, BTLR hears

Media | 02/25/2019 2:31 pm EST

Organizations representing Canadian publishers are flagging the difficulty...

YouTube top source of mobile traffic: Sandvine

Media | 02/18/2019 10:12 am EST

Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube makes up just over 35 per cent of worldwide mobile data traffic, making it the...

Don’t exclude online services from Broadcasting Act: Private radio

Media | 02/04/2019 12:00 pm EST

Canada’s private radio broadcasters are fighting against a push to keep...

Be ‘wary’ of regulating online speech: Facebook

Media | 01/22/2019 5:57 pm EST

While online misinformation needs to be taken seriously, that doesn’t...

Big telecoms fight calls for an ‘ISP tax’, pitch new OTT rules

telecom | 01/16/2019 5:55 pm EST

Some of Canada’s biggest telecom companies rejected calls to force ISPs...

CBC calls for site-blocking provisions for ‘manipulated content’

Media | 01/11/2019 4:09 pm EST

CBC/Radio-Canada wants the federal government to grant the CRTC the ability to issue orders requiring ISPs to block websites sharing “manipulated content, including news,”...

MPs onside with alcohol ad standards

telecom | 12/13/2018 11:57 am EST

An industry group has created a code of conduct governing the content and application of beer...

Ethics committee calls for new social media rules

Media | 12/11/2018 7:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — A House of Commons committee is unanimously calling for new rules for social media companies...

Election 2019 still ripe for opinion-shaping, CSE says

Media | 12/06/2018 3:46 pm EST

OTTAWA — Efforts to stanch online misinformation campaigns will not eliminate the very real situation that may see Canadians fall victim to attempts to influence their political opinions, the...

OPC to Bains: privacy rights not ‘at odds’ with innovation

telecom | 12/05/2018 2:01 pm EST

The federal privacy watchdog is warning the Liberal government against...

Political parties ‘bumbling rubes’ on data: CPC campaign chair

Media | 11/20/2018 4:58 pm EST

OTTAWA —  The head of the Conservative Party’s 2019 national election campaign says it’s not worth getting “overly concerned” about manipulative techniques used by...

Facebook to cooperate with French regulators on pilot project

Media | 11/13/2018 4:26 pm EST

The French government will work with Facebook Inc. on a new initiative to...

Zuckerberg declines joint Canada-UK committee appearance

Media | 11/07/2018 1:50 pm EST

Facebook Inc.’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has declined a joint-request by...

MPs call on Zuckerberg to testify to international committee on ‘fake news’

Media | 10/31/2018 7:45 pm EDT

MPs in Canada and the United Kingdom have stepped up their efforts to get the chance to grill Facebook Inc.’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a parliamentary committee hearing. The chairs of two...

OPC asks for more flexibility on info sharing with CRTC

telecom | 10/16/2018 4:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal privacy watchdog asked a Senate committee...

Canada waiting on other countries for new digital tax rules: Morneau

Media | 10/12/2018 5:23 pm EDT

Canada has been “pushing hard” to speed up development of a plan for...

New NAFTA allows Super Bowl simsub ahead of SCC review

Media | 10/01/2018 7:18 pm EDT

The new trade pact forged by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to replace the...

Facebook warns of massive security breach, affecting 50M accounts

telecom | 09/28/2018 5:10 pm EDT

Almost 50 million Facebook user accounts have been affected after hackers...

Canadian privacy watchdogs urge privacy laws for political parties

Media | 09/17/2018 2:01 pm EDT

Canada's federal, provincial and territorial privacy watchdogs collectively...

Class action filed against Facebook over Android metadata collection

Media | 09/17/2018 12:35 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. is facing another class action suit in Ontario over how it handles user privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal – this time,...

Facebook to fact-check photos, videos

Media | 09/17/2018 11:11 am EDT

Facebook Inc. is adding verification of photos and videos to its fact-checking of content on its social...

New party, fresh faces on Heritage could shake up Parliament

Media | 09/14/2018 5:16 pm EDT

As politicians file back into Parliament Hill’s Centre Block for the...

EU copyright directive passes

Media | 09/12/2018 2:24 pm EDT

The European Parliament passed its copyright directive Wednesday, with some amendments to the...

Facebook sues BlackBerry for voice, security tech

telecom | 09/05/2018 5:38 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. filed a suit against BlackBerry Ltd. Tuesday accusing the device-maker of allegedly infringing on six of its patents, including voice messaging technology and security components, following BlackBerry’s suit...

Facebook makes Watch video service available world-wide

Media | 08/30/2018 4:33 pm EDT

In a blog post on Wednesday, Facebook Inc. announced the global launch of its video curation service Facebook Watch. The feature collects videos from Facebook Pages people have chosen to follow, the blog post explained, and it creates a list of videos for easy viewing and...

Social media threats challenge gov’t, platforms ahead of election

Media | 08/30/2018 3:12 pm EDT

In the three years since the last Canadian federal election, emerging...

NDP to lobby government on foreign digital sales, ad taxes

Media | 08/29/2018 6:10 pm EDT

The federal NDP said it will enter the new parliamentary session with a focus on pressuring the government to right wrongs they say have been committed by allowing foreign internet companies to skirt...

Senate committee calls for study of online ad tax deductibility

Media | 08/21/2018 4:10 pm EDT

The Senate transport and communications committee said Tuesday the...

72% of anglophone Canadians on social media: MTM

Media | 08/10/2018 12:36 pm EDT

According to a recent report from the CBC/Radio-Canada Media Technology Monitor (MTM) project, 72 per cent of English-speaking Canadians have used a social networking service in the past month, with just over half of those using...

TV dominates OTT in viewership: industry group

Media | 07/25/2018 5:12 pm EDT

Despite the impact over-the-top (OTT) streaming services have had on the television market for sometime in Canada, a new report by Think TV suggests that linear is still dominating those services. The report said that,...

New Zealand company violated privacy of millions of Canadians: OPC

telecom | 07/19/2018 4:33 pm EDT

A company that copied and reused information posted on Facebook Inc.’s social media site violated the privacy of “potentially some” 4.5 million Canadians, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner...

Numeris’ new digital measurement a ‘necessary step’: expert

Media | 07/16/2018 5:07 pm EDT

Broadcasters with multiplatform properties are expected to benefit from a...

Facebook facing £500,000 fine in privacy scandal

telecom | 07/11/2018 6:17 pm EDT

After the British Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that Facebook Inc. had “security...

Twitter lobbying on online ads in wake of proposed elections bill

Media | 07/09/2018 1:17 pm EDT

Twitter Inc. wants to make sure the government understands how online advertising works before it considers adopting new elections legislation, said the company’s head of...