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  • - 2003-12-17 -
    The federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPED Act") will come into effect as of January 1, 2004 in all provinces that have not already passed substantially similar legislation. Quebec, B.C., and Alberta are the only provinces to have introduced their own legislation governing data protection in the private sector. The PIPED Act has been in effect since Jan.1, 2001, but applicable only in federally regulated sectors such as banks, airlines and telecommunications, and interprovincial dealings. It requires, among other things, that businesses obtain the knowledge and consent of individuals to any collection, use or disclosure of their personal information, other than as specifically permitted under the Act. Individuals can complain to the Privacy Commissioner if they feel that an organization has infringed their privacy rights under the Act. Privacy Commissioner of Canada website.
  • - 2003-12-16 -
    The Canadian Recording Industry Association says that it will start suing people who upload music on the Internet, early in the new year. If uploading or sharing music files is found to constitute copyright infringement, file sharers could be subject to penalties of up to $20,000 per musical work. Merely downloading music files from the Internet for private use is considered by the Copyright Board and other experts to be legal in Canada. National Post, Dec 17th. For information on how to avoid being sued in the USA, and on the campaign to stop RIAA lawsuits in the USA, see the EFF website.
  • - 2003-12-12 -
    The Copyright Board of Canada rendered its long-awaited decision on the private copying tariff today. Expected to be appealed to the courts (possibly by both sides), the decision rejected industry calls for higher levies on blank CDs and tapes but implemented new levies on MP3 and other digital audio memory devices. The private copying levies, designed to compensate artists for private copying by consumers, are paid by manufacturers to collectives representing artists who write and perform musical works. The Board also stated its view that downloading music from the Internet is legal under Canada\'s private copying regime - another contentious issue that will likely be appealed to court. Details CNET story
  • - 2003-12-12 -
    The government of Ontario is requesting comments by January 30, 2004 on draft regulations under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. The proposals include adopting the national Internet Sales Contract Harmonization Agreement and its disclosure standards, establishing standards of notice for unilateral changes to service agreements, requiring that certain electronic records be visible and in text form in order to have legal effect, and putting online summaries of complaints data and records of enforcement actions under consumer law. Details
  • - 2003-12-05 -
    The Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments on Dec.3, 2003 from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and music industry representatives in an important case that will decide, among other things, the extent to which Canadian ISPs are liable for content flowing through their networks, and the extent to which foreign actors who target communications to Canadians may be liable under the Canadian Copyright Act. Dubbed the "Tariff 22 case" in recognition of its genesis in the proposed copyright tariff designed to compensate rights holders for music downloaded over the Internet, CAIP v. SOCAN is expected to have wide-ranging implications for the Internet and electronic commerce generally. See CIPPIC student Jason Young\'s blog of the hearing for a first-hand account. CAIP et al Factum CAIP et al Reply Factum SOCAN Factum
  • - 2003-11-24 -

    CIPPIC filed comments on Industry Canada's proposed new "investigative bodies" under Protection of Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"), arguing that the criteria for "investigative body" status need to be much more clear and rigorous, and that at least one of the applications should be denied. Under the Act, designated "investigative bodies" can receive and disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individuals concerned. PIPEDA Submission HTML version

  • - 2003-11-20 -
    CIPPIC joins a global coalition of privacy and consumer advocacy groups in calling for a framework of Fair Information Practices to govern the collection of data through RFID (radio frequency identification) technology in the marketplace. The position statement is a response to the threat that the growing use of RFID poses to consumer privacy and civil liberties.
  • - 2003-10-28 -
    Together with over 50 consumer and civil liberties groups from around the world, CIPPIC called on ICANN to limit the use of the WHOIS database to its original purpose (i.e., the resolution of technical network issues), and to ensure that personal data in the WHOIS database is subject to appropriate privacy protections.
  • - 2003-10-20 -
    CIPPIC filed a submission on Bill S-20, a private member's bill that seeks to give photographers and portrait artists the same rights in copyright as other creators have, in the case of commissioned works. CIPPIC identified an important interest that was apparently unrepresented in the legislative process - that of consumers and subjects of photographic and other works. In its submission, CIPPIC reviewed the rationale behind the section, the marketplace changes that call for a rethinking of the rule, and the existing consumer protections outside the Copyright Act. On the basis of this analysis, CIPPIC recommended a two-part solution that aims to respond to the needs of both photographers and consumers. PDF version HTML version