data protection

  • Preparing for the inevitable hack

    Preparing for the inevitable hack

    Jul 18, 2019

    In 2019’s online environment, experts in cybersecurity say businesses that handle personal information need to know that protecting themselves from liability is not a matter of if a data breach occurs but when.

  • Phishing for victims

    Phishing for victims

    Jul 18, 2019

    A lawyer’s email can be both the front door through which clients enter and the back door through which thieves sneak.

  • The smart cities challenge

    The smart cities challenge

    Jul 8, 2019

    Setting her sights on Toronto’s Quayside plan to convert 12 acres of former industrial and docking land into a community that is connected from the ground up, Ann Cavoukian envisions a “smart city of privacy, not a smart city of surveillance.”

  • Bringing competition to the digital age

    Bringing competition to the digital age

    Jul 2, 2019

    Sitting in the boardroom of his Gatineau, Que. office, his glasses pushed on to his head and a Starbucks venti sitting untouched in front of him, Matthew Boswell is describing his ambition for Canada’s top competition watchdog.

  • Canadian global leadership on data protection

    Jun 24, 2019

    For this issue, we made an unusual decision. Vivek Narayanadas, the lawyer we featured on our cover, is not a Canadian lawyer. He went to law school in the United States and works there still.

  • Data compliance goes global

    Data compliance goes global

    Jun 24, 2019

    As in-house counsel for Shopify, Vivek Narayanadas has to navigate a constantly changing landscape when it comes to privacy and data protection laws around the world.

  • Combatting cyber threats: CSE releases new baseline cybersecurity controls

    Jun 17, 2019

    On April 5, 2019, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released the Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations intended to assist small and medium organizations in Canada that want recommendations to improve their cyber security resiliency.

  • Federal government proposes sweeping digital charter

    Federal government proposes sweeping digital charter

    May 22, 2019

    The Government of Canada is proposing extensive changes to the country’s privacy and data security laws and swelling the enforcement powers of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

  • Map the data

    Map the data

    Apr 30, 2019

    Fitness trackers are just one of the data-gathering devices that we either wear or stare at too many times in a day that have exploded in popularity in recent years. They are also increasingly offered to staff as part of employee wellness programs in large companies.

  • The role of in-house in AI adoption

    The role of in-house in AI adoption

    Apr 30, 2019

    When I left private practice and went in-house, I was given valuable advice from a mentor of mine. She said that my role is not just about being an advisor to my business clients and it was important that I not limit myself to being just a “legal risk manager.”

  • The many lessons of the Equifax data breach

    Apr 15, 2019

    The Equifax decision and related compliance agreement between the OPC and Equifax Canada that that sets out detailed timelines for various corrective measures to be put in place by Equifax Canada regarding consent, safeguards and accountability in addition to six years of third party audits, offers a treasure trove of practical lessons for organizations looking to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (as well as some surprises).

  • United States Federal Trade Commission strikes one for children’s privacy

    Mar 11, 2019

    On Feb. 27, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that operators of the video networking app (now known as TikTok), had agreed to pay US$5.7 million to settle allegations that they had illegally collected personal information from children in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Act. The order marks the highest civil penalty ever obtained by the FTC in a children’s privacy case.

  • Canada's privacy deficit

    Canada's privacy deficit

    Sep 4, 2018

    Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is hamstrung by weak enforcement powers

  • Protecting IP from external theft

    Protecting IP from external theft

    Jul 3, 2018

    At the annual Uniform Law Conference of Canada in 1989, there was proposed legislation drafted that was called the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.

  • Data breaches know no bounds

    Data breaches know no bounds

    Jan 8, 2018

    Do your clients have a plan that identifies and addresses cross-border cyber-risks in their businesses? If not, are they OK with being excluded from certain markets due to the cyber-risk they pose?

  • The new surveillance state

    The new surveillance state

    Oct 2, 2017

    Police can capture an astronomical amount of information through new technologies, and privacy lawyers say there is little oversight or accountability.

  • Should privacy by design be part of Canadian law?

    May 17, 2016