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House ethics committee backs right to be forgotten in Canada

Media | 03/01/2018 5:23 pm EST

The government should consider including frameworks for a right to erasure and a right to de-indexing in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the House of Commons ethics committee is recommending in a new report. “The Committee...

As programmatic ads grow, GDPR could pose a problem: expert

telecom | 01/04/2018 6:16 pm EST

Automatic, data-based advertising has grown significantly over the years and now it’s even making the move to billboards — but it’s a trend that could, in some cases, face challenges due the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), especially...

Public conversation needed on right to be forgotten: Google Canada

Media | 06/02/2017 12:53 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Before any right to be forgotten rules are instituted in Canada, there needs to be a fulsome public discussion, Colin McKay, head of public policy and government relations at Alphabet...

CWTA predicts ‘adversarial’ relationship if OPC power boosted

telecom | 05/11/2017 8:26 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada’s privacy commissioner should not be vested with order-making and fining power because doing so would harm the collaborative...

Privacy watchdog asks MPs for more power

Media | 02/17/2017 12:11 am EST

OTTAWA — Canadians expect the federal privacy commissioner to be able to make orders and levy fines against companies that break privacy rules, Daniel Therrien told members of Parliament studying the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) Thursday, noting that the current inability to do so erodes trust in a...

Canada should consider ‘right to be forgotten’: former privacy commish

Media | 02/15/2017 9:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — Privacy experts raised the idea of a Canadian “right to be forgotten” in front of a House of Commons committee studying the Personal Information Protection and Electronic...

Telecoms don’t give out customer info ‘willy-nilly’: Bell ombudsman

telecom | 05/02/2014 8:50 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Telecommunications companies don’t voluntarily give out confidential customer information to the government, said William Abbott, senior counsel and privacy ombudsman at BCE Inc. “I do not know a single TSP [telecommunication service provider] that makes voluntary disclosures of confidential customer information to the government,” Abbott said, adding that the use of the word “warrantless” is misleading because companies provide that information to a...

Privacy czar calls for greater powers on telecom data sharing

telecom | 04/29/2014 7:16 pm EDT

Interim Privacy Commissioner Chantal Bernier said Tuesday that new legislation is needed to compel Canada’s telecom companies to disclose when they hand over subscribers’ private...

Jury out on what Digital Privacy Act does to privacy, copyright

Media | 04/15/2014 5:09 pm EDT

The Digital Privacy Act, the government’s most recent attempt to update the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), has experts disagreeing about the effect it...

Privacy commissioner calls for more cyber-surveillance oversight

telecom | 01/28/2014 9:14 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner tabled a report on cyber-surveillance Tuesday, recommending more oversight and stronger reporting mechanisms. Among other recommendations, the report said that...

Google’s use of health information illegal: privacy commissioner

Media | 01/15/2014 7:45 pm EST

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said Wednesday that Google Inc. breached Canadian privacy law by using individuals’ health information to provide them with targeted...