Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has ordered Crown attorneys to cease collecting any personal information of potential jurors, beyond that which is necessary under the Juries Act and Criminal Code. The Commissioner has called on the Ministry of the Attorney General to implement a standardized juror screening process that will put an end to the practice of the police investigating potential jurors through techniques that included accessing confidential databases.
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has affirmed, in a divided decision, a lower court decision that merely linking to a webpage that may contain defamatory content does not amount to "publication" and so cannot support a claim for defamation. The majority characterized a browser's active decision to click on a link as a "barrier" between the linking and linked sites that the overcome reader overcomes, not the linking site.
CIPPIC has submitted a letter to the copyright consultations. CIPPIC's submission cautions policy makers to avoid undermining copyright's policy objectives in revising the law, and warns of the dangers of excessive control over copyrights.
The OPC has released a letter to CIPPIC outlining its final resolution with social networking site Facebook with respect to the privacy concerns CIPPIC raised in its PIPEDA complaint a year ago. The letter supplements the original finding and lays out a process for moving forward. The OPC has said it will continue to work with Facebook over the coming year to ensure that Facebook implements its obligations in a manner that meets the requirements of the Act. CIPPIC has some outstanding concerns, and will continue to engage both the OPC and Facebook to ensure these are met.
CIPPIC has launched DigitalAgenda.ca, a new website promoting grassroots advocacy on digital issues. DA's initial focus is on the ongoing copyright consultations. As part of this, DA has set up an Ideatorrent - an open source tool that allows Canadians to suggest, discuss, and vote on solutions to copyright problems with the ultimate goal of providing a grassroots submission to the copyright consultations.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner announced yesterday that it would release its finding on CIPPIC's PIPEDA complaint against Facebook today. The finding will be released today at 9 am, and will be followed by an OPC press conference at 11 am.
Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore have announced the launch of cross-country consultations on copyright law in the form of a series of round tables taking place between July 20 and September 13. The round tables will be supplemented by an online consultation, open to all Canadians, and also starting July 20. Anyone may participate in the online discussion forum or post a formal submission. More information, including dates, locations and live streaming of hearings is avialable at the government's consultation site.
CIPPIC will be representing the Campaign for Democratic Media in hearings next week that will determine the future of internet traffic management in Canada. The hearings will run from Monday, July 6 until Tuesday, July 14. CIPPIC will be appearing on Thursday, July 9, and will be live blogging the entire hearing on our twitter feed: cippic.