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Privacy Commissioner’s Consent Guidelines Come Into Force

  • February 24, 2019
  • Imran Ahmad, Wendy Mee, and Amir Eftekharpour

How can organizations ensure that they are obtaining meaningful consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information? The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada weighs in with a guidance document outlining guiding principles and a checklist of "Must-do" and "Should-do" items.

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All Eyes on Consequences of Facial Recognition Technology

  • January 21, 2019
  • Mark Hayes and Adam Jacobs

While facial recognition technology is increasingly prevalent in our day-to-day lives, the authors highlight concerns regarding compliance with applicable privacy laws.

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Allocating Risk and Preparing For a Data Breach

  • January 21, 2019
  • Shan Alavi

All organizations, large or small, are prone to privacy breaches, the cost of which can cripple an organization that is not prepared to handle such threats. No organization is immune, but every organization can mitigate the risks.

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Decision Narrows Definition of Facebook Privacy

  • November 20, 2018
  • Mark Hayes and Adam Jacobs,

The Ontario Superior Court recently differentiated between the reasonable expectation of privacy associated with Facebook Messenger and text messages. This article explores whether that distinction was justified.

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Privacy Commissioner Says Public Profiles Are Private

  • October 22, 2018
  • Imran Ahmad, Katherine Barbacki, and Alexia Magneron

Report from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada sheds light on the limits that Canadian privacy regulators can impose on the use of publicly available personal information on social networking platforms.

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Migilalo v Royal Bank of Canada: Evaluating the Avenues for Recovering Damages for a Breach of Privacy

  • October 04, 2018
  • William Lim

In Migilalo v Royal Bank of Canada, 2018 FC 525, Ms. Migilalo discovered that there had been an unauthorized access to her private financial information with her Royal Bank of Canada accounts. She opted to seek damages pursuant to the provisions of the Personal Information Protection and Information Act. Was it the appropriate choice given her circumstances?

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Creating Privacy Impact Assessments

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know: Creating Privacy Impact Assessments

  • August 23, 2018
  • Shan Alavi, B.Com (Hons.) JD, Technology Lawyer, www.legalmindspc.com

Large-scale data breaches at corporations such as Facebook and Ashley Madison have underscored the need for organizations to re-evaluate their approaches to data security. If legal professionals use Privacy Impact Assessments to uncover organizations' privacy blind spots, they can then work to address those systemic issues using multi-disciplinary approaches.

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