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  • – 2010-07-14 –

    As part of its intention to help Canada regain its leadership position in the global digital economy, the government recently concluded a public consultation process which sought submissions from all sectors of the public on who to achieve this objective.

    CIPPIC provided two input streams into the Government's consultaiton process. First, we helped develop and endorsed a consensus subimssion convened by Andrew Clement and Karen Louise Smith of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information. In addition, CIPPIC's 2010 summer interns put together a comprehensive submission that set out 36 recommendations. In this submission, CIPPIC calls on the government to encourage the creation of a digital environment that will be better for all Canadians and will serve as a model for other jurisdictions. CIPPIC offers recommendations on issues such as privacy, online file-sharing, and on quality and access to communications that will help the government achieve this objective.

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  • – 2010-06-30 –
    In response to the growing role mobile Internet is playing in Canadian society as well to broad stakeholder consensus, the CRTC today issued Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-445, taking back the Commission's powers to act against unjust discrimination and undue preference by mobile data service providers.  In response to requests by CIPPIC (acting on behalf of, the Commission additionally applied its Internet traffic management rules, intended to protect Net Neutrality, to mobile Internet.  Under these rules, service providers will only be permitted to discriminate by throttling particular  mobile data services where there is a problem that cannot be addressed by without throttling, and where the chosen method of throttling is narrowly tailored to the problem and minimally intrusive of user experiences.
  • – 2010-05-03 –

    The Ontario Divisional Court released a unanimous decision today that will protect the anonymity of online speakers.  The court held that before the identity of anonymous online users accused of defamation can be revealed, the plaintiff must convince the court there is an adequate basis for ordering such disclosure.  This overturns a lower court's decision that identities must be disclosed automatically.

  • – 2010-04-08 –

    CIPPIC appeared before the Ontario Divisional Court today to advocate for privacy protections in civil litigation processes.  CIPPIC joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in intervening in Warman v. Wilkins-Fournier and in asking the Court to ensure reasonable safeguards are in place to prevent anonymous online identities from being revealed too readily.

  • – 2010-04-01 –

    The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal the decision in Crookes v. Newton, which involves liability for hyperlinking to an allegedly defamatory article published by a third party.

  • – 2010-03-15 –

    Yesterday, Madame Justice Aitken of the the Ontario Divisional Court approved CIPPIC's motion seeking leave to intervene in Warman v. Fournier, an appeal which will address important issues surrounding the role of online anonymity in the discovery process.  CIPPIC will argue that, by ordering the disclosure of identifying documents, the ruling being appealed failed to provide adequate safeguards for user privacy.  The appeal will be heard Wednesday, April 8, 2010.

  • – 2009-10-30 –

    Today, the Liberal party called for a true digital strategy to return Canada to its prominent position in the global digital economy.  The statement called for strong rules establishing an open and neutral network for Canada so as to stop ISPs from discriminating against content.  The statement also cited studies showing Canada as home to some of the highest average Internet cost per speed ratios in the developed world. 

  • – 2009-10-30 –

    The CRTC has turned down CAIP's application to vary the CRTC's decision in CAIP v. Bell, finding no substantial doubt about (1) the correctness of its determinations that Bell's throttling of wholesale customer traffic does not control the content or influence the meaning or purpose of telecommunications it carries, (2) the completeness of the record used to make that decision, or (3) whether or not Commission fettered its discretion.  The Commission declined to review other elements of the application to review and vary on the grounds that Bell's traffic management practices would now be subject to the new analytic framework and tariff requirements set out in Telecom Regulatory Policy 2009-657.

  • – 2009-10-21 –

    The CRTC released its decision in the Internet Traffic Management proceeding today.  CIPPIC, who represented the Campaign for Democratic Media in the hearings leading up to this decision, called on the CRTC to put in place a framework that will ensure Canadians an open and netural Internet.  The decision (TRP CRTC 2009-657) is a step in that, but does not go as far as the FCC went a year ago, let alone as far as it is about to go tomorrow.

  • – 2009-10-10 –

    The report, available here, focuses on online privacy and has a section devoted to canvassing particular concerns over the impact of the Internet on interactions between youths and children.