Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Contact-tracing app guidance from “Privacy Guardians”

On May 7, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the provincial and territorial Information and Privacy Commissioners issued a joint statement on privacy principles for contact tracing and similar apps. (Aside: yes, not to be… Read More ›

Settlement of $2.25 million approved in breach of PIPEDA case

On October 16, 2019, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved a settlement in Haikola v. The Personal Insurance Company, 2019 ONSC 5982. The case arose out of a complaint that the insurer was inappropriately collecting credit scores as part… Read More ›

Genetic non-discrimination as a privacy issue

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal regarding the constitutionality of Canada’s Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNDA) on October 10, 2019. The GNDA was one of the rare private members’ bills to be passed by Parliament with support across… Read More ›

News media denied participation in Google vs. Canada, for now

The Federal Court recently refused a request, made by CBC and a group of media organizations, to intervene in a case involving the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and Google. The OPC brought a reference to the… Read More ›

Rights, remedies and the means to pursue them: Rouge Valley Health System case goes to appeal

Enthusiasts for the tort of intrusion upon seclusion as the new frontier for holding organizations and their employees to account for privacy-related wrongs were forced to step back and regroup after the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s decision in Broutzas… Read More ›

Two questions the Doug Ford government should ask Waterfront Toronto

The smart city data governance and intellectual property issues facing  Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs are complex. Recently, I have been throwing out a few questions and thoughts about this project. In this post, I’m offering two questions that Ontario’s… Read More ›

Statistics Canada – A failure of contextual integrity

It isn’t about whether Statistics Canada has a legal right to compel data about Canadians from financial institutions and credit reporting agencies. It isn’t about whether Statistics Canada has a good cybersecurity track record. It isn’t about whether the data… Read More ›

Scrutiny of security measures following a breach report under PIPEDA

Starting November 1, 2018, it will no longer be optional to report breaches to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) for organizations subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Organizations must report breaches… Read More ›

Does the OPC really need a massive increase in funding?

In a recent letter to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, Daniel Therrien, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, suggested that a 90% increase in funding for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) was required to… Read More ›

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