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Editors: Imtiaz Karamat and Alessia Monastero

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Privacy and Body Temperature Taking During COVID-19

  • May 03, 2021
  • Abby Benattar and Wendes Keung

As the pandemic persists, a health practitioner’s office must maintain measures that protect its community’s safety in the most contactless way possible. Biometric kiosks are one way to achieve this objective. However, the use of biometric kiosks carries a host of privacy concerns regarding body temperature as personal health information and the expectation of privacy.

Health Law, Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

IP Practice Tips from Powerhouse Female Lawyers

  • May 03, 2021
  • Amrita V. Singh

This article features a few Ontario-based female intellectual property lawyers, who reflect on their careers in the Intellectual Property Bar and offer their advice to junior women pursuing or considering a career in intellectual property law.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

NFTs: Beeple, Bubble or Brave New World

  • May 01, 2021
  • Jennifer Davidson and Imtiaz Karamat, Deeth Williams Wall LLP

Non-Fungible tokens or NFTs have captured the zeitgeist of the collective world in recent months. Is it a craze, the latest bubble, or is this the groundwork of a new tomorrow? The COVID-19 pandemic has created a brave new world of digital transformation, and NFTs may just be the logical consequence of a new era.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

What’s up with WhatsApp?

  • February 27, 2021
  • Nevethan Balendra

On January 6, 2021, WhatsApp announced that it would update its Privacy Policy to help it better integrate with other Facebook products, making sharing information with Facebook mandatory for WhatsApp users. This prompted many responses online calling for users to leave WhatsApp and to use more “privacy friendly” messaging apps, such as Telegram and Signal. This article discusses the impact of WhatsApp's new Privacy Policy on Canadian users.

Privacy Law, Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Can the CPPA Strengthen Brand Loyalty?

  • February 27, 2021
  • Maggie Vourakes

In November 2020, the federal government introduced Bill C-11 (The Digital Charter Implementation Act). The proposed bill would overhaul Canada’s existing federal private sector privacy law PIPEDA with a modernized replacement known as the Consumer Privacy Protection Act.

Privacy Law, Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

What COVID-19 Demonstrates About the Willingness to Issue Compulsory Licences

  • February 27, 2021
  • Anna-Marie Morrish

Science and innovation can profoundly affect our capacity to prevent, detect, and treat disease.  Now, more than ever, the world has clear insight into the vital role of research and discovery in protecting our collective health and wellbeing.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law

Reforming Canada’s Privacy Legislation: Does it Take a Pandemic?

  • February 27, 2021
  • Imtiaz Karamat

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Canadians to stay at home and rely on their devices for far more essential services than they did in the past. The increased demand for digital tools has boosted innovation, fast-tracking the creation of new technology to assist Canadians in different aspects of their daily lives. Unfortunately, Canada’s privacy laws have not undergone similar upgrades to be compatible with our current lifestyle.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy and Aleksandar Kaludjerovic

A COVID-19 Fast-track for Canadian Trademark Applications

  • February 27, 2021
  • Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy and Aleksandar Kaludjerovic

Businesses seeking to protect brands for medical devices, protective equipment, medical services or medical research services relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment or cure of COVID-19 can now fast-track their Canadian trademark applications.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
Anastassia Trifonova

Bill C-11 set to Overhaul Privacy Law in the Canadian Private Sector

  • February 27, 2021
  • Anastassia Trifonova

On November 17, 2020, the Minister of Innovation Science and Industry, introduced Bill C-11, also known as the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. If passed, it would repeal parts of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and replace them with a new legislative regime governing the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information for commercial activity in Canada.

Student Forum, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law