Month: January 2019

Covert DNA data banks in Canada: Quebec Court of Appeal is split

“Is the state free to collect the DNA of persons under suspicion of criminal activity by tricking them into giving up their DNA, keeping those samples indefinitely and using them as they see fit, without any prior authorization and without… Read More ›

A “technical” violation counts under Illinois biometric law

A year ago, I wrote about how the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act set off a wave of private litigation in the United States. A key issue that was being litigated was whether a plaintiff could seek liquidated damages and… Read More ›

Problematic Ontario Pawnbrokers Act to be repealed

An interesting nugget in the Ford government’s recently introduced Bill 66, titled “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018” is Schedule 2, which repeals the Pawnbrokers Act. The repeal of the Pawnbrokers Act will end legislation that has, for more than 100… Read More ›

Possible purposes for a smart city public digital stewardship

Sidewalk Labs (a Google affiliate) asserted in a blog post accompanying its October 15, 2018 smart city draft governance proposal that the Sidewalk Toronto project at Quayside “can set a new model for responsible data use in cities – anchored… Read More ›