News

  • - 2005-07-07 -
    In a June 24th decision, the Alberta Privacy Commissioner found that an employer's surreptitious use of keystroke logging to monitor an employee's computer use violated the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, because both the covert nature of the monitoring and the extensive information collected were unecessary for the purpose of managing the employee. - CIPPIC News Release - Dan Armeneau (the complainant)'s blog.
  • - 2005-06-27 -
    CIPPIC has asked the federal Privacy Commissioner to investigate the CRTC policy of posting on its website the personal contact information provided by individuals who submit comments on public proceedings. CIPPIC seeks a determination as to whether this policy violates the Privacy Act, and if it is legal, whether it is an appropriate approach to balancing the privacy interests of individuals with the need for accountability and transparency in public proceedings. See CIPPIC's "Privacy webpage": for more background on this filing.
  • - 2005-06-27 -
    The US Supreme Court has ruled that Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use their software primarily to infringe copyright. The Supreme Court remanded the decision to lower courts to review evidence on the services' lawful intent, their marketing, and whether they took easily available steps to reduce infringing uses. Justice Souter, writing for the unanimous Court, ruled that "There is substantial evidence in MGM's favor on all elements of inducement."
  • - 2005-06-23 -
    The Federal Trade Commission today released a Report on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing, concluding that the technology offers significant benefits but also poses risks. Benefits to consumers include enhancing efficiency by allowing faster file transfers, conserving bandwidth, and reducing storage needs. Risks include those related to data security, spyware and adware, viruses, copyright infringement, and unwanted pornography.
  • - 2005-06-20 -
    The Canadian government today introduced a long-awaited bill to amend the Copyright Act. Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Copyright Act, features anti-circumvention rights, DRM anti-tampering rights, a making available right, a "notice and notice" regime for ISP liability, ISP "data retention" requirements, expanded rights for performers and music labels, diminished rights for consumers in respect of commissioned photos, and user rights to receive digital materials for distance education and interlibrary loan. CIPPIC Media Release Bill C-60, An Act to amend the Copyright Act Government Backgrounder, FAQ, and Ministers' Letter
  • - 2005-06-17 -
    CIPPIC has been awarded a public interest articling student fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario. This fellowship will cover the full salary and Bar Admission Course fees for an articling student at CIPPIC in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. CIPPIC was one of six public interest organizations in Ontario to receive this new grant, which is being administered by Pro Bono Students Canada. A notice inviting applications for the 2006-2007 articling year will be issued shortly.
  • - 2005-06-13 -
    The OECD has released a comprehensive study on digital music. The study, which considers the challenges and opportunities presented by online distribution
  • - 2005-06-11 -
    A study by the NPD Group of music download practices shows that online music stores such as iTunes, Napster and Rhapsody are used in nearly as many homes as P2P networks. "iTunes is more popular than nearly any P2P service, and two other paid digital music offerings have also gained a level of critical mass," concludes a spokesperson. "These digital download stores appear to have created a compelling and economically viable alternative to illegal file sharing."
  • - 2005-06-10 -
    The Swedish Data Inspection Board has convicted Antipiratbyrån, a Swedish content industry IP enforcement organization, of breaking Swedish privacy laws. In March, thousands of Swedish citizens had reported the organization for using a software program for recording the IP address, alias, files and server used by individuals downloading content off the Internet.
  • - 2005-06-06 -
    In his last annual report, Canada's Information Commissioner, John Reid, critizens the federal government's "culture of secrecy" and decries recent legislative initiatives that have further limited the public's ability to hold government accountable. "Vigilance, by users, the media, academics, the judiciary, information commissioners and members of Parliament, must be maintained against the very real pressures from governments to take back from citizens, the power to control what, and when, information will be disclosed." 2004-3005 Annual Report.