Category: Privacy

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Chicken Caught: Privacy Commissioner Confirms Video Surveillance Should Be Last Resort for Organizations

November 14, 2017

In the recently released Investigation Report P17-01, Use of employee surveillance by a BC chicken catching organization, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC) confirmed that organizations should only implement video surveillance in limited circumstances where other means of resolving an issue have been ineffective. BACKGROUND A chicken catching organization (Company) decided to introduce a…

IoT: Minimizing Your Privacy and Security Risks in an Interconnected World

October 12, 2017

Your printer. The water cooler. The thermostat. What do these things have in common? All of them can be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT continued its meteoric rise in 2017 with a vast array of everyday devices joining networks around the world. Technology research company Gartner Inc. predicts there will be over 20 billion devices on…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Supreme Court of Canada Allows British Columbians to Pursue Privacy Class Action Against Facebook

June 29, 2017

On June 23, 2017, in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (Douez), the Supreme Court of Canada considered the enforceability of forum selection clauses involving consumers and privacy rights. The application judge had declined to enforce a forum selection clause and granted class certification in an action alleging breaches of B.C.’s Privacy Act for unauthorized use of individuals’ names and likenesses. The…

Happy Canada Day for Businesses: CASL’s Private Right of Action Suspended

June 7, 2017

Businesses obtain welcome relief from the imminent threat of private lawsuits under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) as the private right of action, originally scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, has been suspended. It is unclear at this point if this right will be repealed entirely or if a new coming into force date will be set. Under…

From “Judgment Granted” to Getting Paid: SCC Ruling Makes it Easier for Plaintiffs to Enforce Judgments

November 18, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has rendered judgment in a closely-watched case involving the intersection of judgment enforcement and privacy rights. As discussed in an our July 2015 Blakes Bulletin: You Won Your Case — Now What? SCC to Consider Intersection of Judgment Enforcement and Privacy Rights, this matter required the SCC to weigh enforcement rights of winning plaintiffs…

Cybersecurity Data Breaches and Mandatory Privacy Breach Reporting: Lessons from Alberta

October 19, 2016

In an increasingly interconnected and digitized world, data breaches have become ever more common. The wealth of personal information that corporations have in their possession means that such breaches can occur in even the most benign circumstances. Although many corporations have developed sophisticated privacy and cybersecurity protocols to minimize these risks, data breaches have become a feature of 21st century…

Cybersecurity Q&A: What Canadian Companies Need to Know about the EU’s New Data Protection Law

October 12, 2016

A consequence of the unconstrained international flow of information is that domestic data protection laws increasingly have implications abroad. The recent overhaul in the European Union’s data protection laws is a prime example of this, which will have implications for Canadian organizations of all sizes and types.

U.S. Clears Drones for Takeoff, Canadian Regulations Delayed Until 2017

September 15, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones”, are increasing in popularity with recreational and commercial users. Several high-profile incidents, which saw UAVs come into close proximity with commercial airliners, have prompted airport authorities to create “no drone zones”, further highlighting the need for the regulation of both UAVs and their operators. IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD … IN THE…

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