Category: Information Technology

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Plaintiffs Don’t Get Second Bite at Apple in Proposed B.C. Privacy Class Action

October 10, 2014

  Last week in Ladas v. Apple Inc., the British Columbia Supreme Court refused to certify a class proceeding against Apple Inc. in relation to alleged breaches of privacy involving the Location Services aspect of Apple’s iOS4 operating system.   This decision indicates that British Columbia’s courts remain willing to decline certification of proposed class proceedings where the claims are…

New Cardholder Security Guidance Issued for Third-Party Service Providers

August 18, 2014

On August 7, 2014, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published an information supplement entitled Third-Party Security Assurance (the Guidance), which provides guidance to organizations in relation to their engagement of third-party service providers (TPSPs) with whom cardholder data is shared or that could impact the security of cardholder data. The Guidance assists organizations and TPSPs in understanding how…

As Coming into Force Looms, CRTC Publishes Anti-Spam Corporate Compliance Guidance

June 20, 2014

With less than two weeks to go before the coming into force date for the main provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published a number of infographics and a Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326: Guidelines to help businesses develop corporate compliance programs (Compliance Bulletin).     BRIEF BACKGROUND   Designed as one of…

Can’t Search This: B.C. Court Grants Global Restraining Order Against Google

June 19, 2014

  On June 13, 2014, the British Columbia Supreme Court ordered Google Inc. to remove all of a company’s websites from its search results. Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack (Equustek) marks the first time a Canadian court has ever made such an order, which resulted in an injunction against a non-party that will have global ramifications. The case follows in the footsteps…

Warrant Required to Produce Internet Usage Information to Police: Supreme Court

June 16, 2014

  In a landmark privacy decision, R. v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in Internet usage information, and that law enforcement authorities who wish to obtain subscriber information from Internet service providers (ISPs) must, in most circumstances, do so pursuant to a warrant.   The court rejected the argument that…

Outsourcing for Financial Institutions – B-10 is Not Enough

February 20, 2014

  With respect to outsourcing arrangements, federally regulated entities (FREs) are well aware of the expectations of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) set out in Guideline B-10: Outsourcing of Business Activities, Functions and Processes (Guideline B-10). But OSFI’s expectations with respect to outsourcing arrangements extend beyond Guideline B-10, and compliance with Guideline B-10 is not enough.    …

Time to Get Your App In Gear: Things You Should Know Before Launching Your Mobile Application

November 14, 2013

Organizations, large and small, are in a hurry to launch mobile applications that extend their business reach to the cloud. Please join us as we discuss the legal issues involved in launching a mobile application, including: What to remember when contracting with your app developer The impact of recent developments in mobile privacy Mobile marketing guidelines and practices Consumer-related considerations…

Surviving the Dot Landrush: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Organization in the New Domain Name Space

April 4, 2013

The imminent addition of hundreds of new generic and branded top-level domain (TLD) registries will significantly expand the available domain name space. Every organization must be aware of the impending changes, how that organization may be affected, and what basic steps should be taken to preserve trade-mark rights and domain name access. A panel of Blakes lawyers will explain the…

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