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
Monday, 17 July 2017 09:00

Statements of what? Reviewing SOWs

Statements of what?  Reviewing SOWsAs a technology lawyer, I am often asked by clients to review the statements of work that accompany the technology contract that I have drafted. Unlike some of my colleagues, I consider SOW review to be a critical part of the legal process.
Procurement blues: well-run process did not avoid fraudSometimes even when you do things right, things can go horribly wrong.
Monday, 15 May 2017 09:34

Bad games

Bad gamesSellers of circumvention devices beware!
Beware CASL’s new private right of action requirements!The world’s most onerous anti-spam legislation is about to get even nastier. On July 1, ¬the private right of action provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation will come into force. Under the PRA sections, persons (i.e., individuals, partnerships, corporations, associations, etc.) will be able to bring actions against individuals and organizations that contravene certain provisions of CASL, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Canada’s federal private sector privacy act and the Competition Act.  
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

Smart toys: smart or just creepy?

Smart toys: smart or just creepy?It’s been a bad few weeks for Internet-enabled “smart” children’s toys.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

Bad security has bad consequences

Bad security has bad consequencesIn the 2002 thriller Minority Report, the pre-crime unit of the Washington police force could lawfully arrest suspects for future criminal activity based on the foreknowledge of certain psychic “pre-cogs” prior to any crime actually being committed.  
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.
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