News

  • - 2005-07-14 -
    In a July 12th Investigation Report, the Alberta Privacy Commissioner strongly rebuked two law firms for their "lack of attention" to privacy laws in the course of advising companies on business transactions. While both the businesses and their advisors are responsible for compliance under the Alberta law, the Commissioner held the law firms to a higher standard, since they were retained to provide legal advice. Both firms were advised, among other things, to "conduct comprehensive in-house privacy training with all lawyers and staff".
  • - 2005-07-12 -
    The Anti-Spyware Coalition (ASC), a coalition of technology companies and consumer groups, has released a uniform definition of "spyware" and accompanying glossary for public comment. The coalition hopes its efforts will ultimately help all users understand why some programs on their computers may be identified as unwanted and help them make educated decisions about removing or blocking those programs. CIPPIC is an active member of the ASC. - ASC definition of "spyware" - ASC press release - ASC website
  • - 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.
  • - 2005-07-07 -
    In a recent precedent-setting case, the Alberta Privacy Commissioner ruled that a public-sector employer violated that province's privacy laws by surreptitiously monitoring an employee's computer usage, without reasonable justification either for the covert nature of the monitoring or for using such highly intrusive monitoring methods. The complainant represented himself in this proceeding, on the basis of legal advice provided by CIPPIC. - 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