Lisa R. Lifshitz

Lisa R. Lifshitz

Lisa R. Lifshitz is a partner in Torkin Manes’ Business Law Group, specializing in technology and privacy law and is the leader of the firm’s Technology, Privacy and Data Management Group. Lisa has been nationally and internationally recognized for her technology law expertise and enjoys writing and speaking on technology law issues. She is the immediate past president of the Canadian IT Law Association and can be reached at llifshitz@torkinmanes.com. The views presented here are the author's alone.

Column: The IT Girl
Star Trek fan-fiction copyright suit tests ‘fair use’ defenceNot all space battles these days are being fought on the big screens.
Not their finest hour: the U.K. surveillance lawSomething extraordinary recently happened in the U.K., and I am not talking about Brexit. On Nov. 29, following passage by Parliament, Her Majesty the Queen signed into law the Investigatory Powers Bill.
Known to critics as the “Snoopers Charter,” the act is possibly one of the most far-reaching surveillance laws ever passed by a democratic nation. While some sections of the act received Royal Assent on Nov. 29, the act will come into force in stages, initially as early as the end of this year. 
Avoiding the storm clouds with good cloud-computing policies“We didn’t know that we had purchased these cloud services . . . we signed the wrong agreement.”
Bad vibrations: Sex toy class action comes to CanadaWhile those of us who follow the growth of the Internet of Things have become somewhat inured to the privacy and security concerns associated with smart meters, networked entertainment systems, refrigerators and autonomous cars, a recent U.S. class action has presented something entirely new to stress about: “smart” sex toys.
Buyer beware . . . Lessons learned from the Ashley Madison hack"Life is short. Have an affair®." This is the (in)famous marketing slogan used by Ashley Madison, a Canadian web site founded in 2008 and operated by Avid Life Media Inc. with the explicit mission statement of helping married individuals chat, connect and ultimately have affairs with one another. The site assured users that use of its services would be "anonymous" and "100 per cent discreet," but, unfortunately, this was not to be the case.
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The dangers of patio thinking

The dangers of patio thinkingIs there anything better than being outside and enjoying these record hot temperatures?  Facing the prospect of cold, dark winters, most Canadians feel perfectly justified maximizing their patio time during our short summer months. However, the race to get deals done sometimes leads to some short-sighted decisions that have long-term consequences for clients. The following are mistakes I have recently observed in the rush to exit the office and enjoy a cold one.
Monday, 20 June 2016 10:37

Don’t post that rhino pic

Don’t post that rhino pic“Please don’t post any of your rhino pictures on social media!”
People being people equals lots of data breachesVerizon has just published its 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report and as always it makes for compelling, if grim, reading.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Hold the champagne . . .

Hold the champagne . . .Alas, the transatlantic data transfer celebrations may have been premature after all.
Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Hello? It’s not just e-mail . . .

Hello? It’s not just e-mail . . .As Canadian and foreign companies that do business in Canada continue to struggle with the complexities of Canda’s Anti-Spam Legislation compliance, some organizations are tempted to just reach for their phones instead and do some old-fashioned “cold calling,” believing themselves immune from legal censure.
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