News

  • – 2011-05-05 –

    The Supreme Court of Canada today granted leave to hear the appeal in Alberta (Education) v. Access Copyright. This case will provide the Court with the opportunity to clarify the scope of the fair dealing defense in educational environments.

  • – 2011-04-14 –

    A number of diverse national groups: the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and Newspapers Canada have sent a joint letter to party leaders calling on them to fix Canada's disastrous federal access to information system. The letter responds to growing evidence that the Canadian access to information system is rapidly becoming among the worst of its kind in the developed world and cites the federal Information Commissioner's own assessment of the system: that it has hit "rock bottom".


    The letter calls on the parties to commit to fixing the ATI system by April 18, and party responses will be posted on the signatories' respective websites.

  • – 2011-03-23 –

    An American court has rejected the proposed settlement to the Google Books Search class action.  The court concluded that the proposed settlement was not "fair, adequate and reasonable".

    CIPPIC acted for a group of independent Canadian authors and for the Canadian Association of Universtiy Teachers in opposing the settlement based on its inclusion of Canadian authors among the copyright owners affected by the settlement.

  • – 2011-02-23 –

    The Alberta Provincial legislature is proposing legislation that will obligate telecommunications service providers to provide police with a vast amount of "telephone and other electronic communications records", including: locational (GPS) data, cellular phone records, all inbound and outbound text messages, and internet browsing history. If requested by an officer claiming reasonable grounds to believe that immediate access to the records is necessary to prevent imminent harm of a missing person, the telecommunications service provider will have no option other than to provide the requested information or face potential adverse cost awards.

  • – 2011-02-17 –

    Canada's federal, provincial and territorial Information and Privacy Commissioners are calling for nominations for the Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award, which will honour and recognize the efforts of individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to Access to Information, transparency, and accountability in Canada. The award also honours and commemorates its eponymous Commissioners, John Grace, former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel Pépin, president and founder of the Commission d'accèss à l'information du Québec.

    The inaugural award will be presented during the International Conference of Information Commissioners which will be held in Ottawa on October 4-5, 2011. Future awards will be presented annually during Right to Know week.

    More details on the nomination process and requirements are available here (FR). The submission form is here (FR).

  • – 2011-01-28 –

    All law students, including graduate, are encouraged to apply to join us as part of our Summer Internship Program. The program offers students a unique opportunity to work with CIPPIC lawyers on cutting edge issues in law & technology. Remuneration is in the form of a C$6000 stipend.


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 18, 2011, 5pm EST

    More details here (FR)

  • – 2011-01-23 –
    CIPPIC has provided comments on a draft Privacy Commissioner document intended to address emerging privacy issues such as online tracking, identity management and cloud computing. The final report will incorporate the results of a consultation process initiated by the OPC and reflecting the views of myriad stakeholders on issues raised by emerging technologies.
  • – 2011-01-11 –
    CIPPIC has joined the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and other consumer protection groups in calling on the CRTC to create a Canadian Broadcasting Participation Fund, which will allow Canadians to participate in Broadcasting proceedings in order to ensure their views are heard. Currently, there is no mechanism for funding such participation, which is often beyond the resources of many Canadians and organizations representing them. Yet, particularly in light of increasing convergence between broadcasting and new media, many broadcasting decisions can impact significantly on individual Canadians. The CRTC requires those such as BCE who are taking control of a major broadcasting entity such as CTV to devote a percentage of the value of their purchase to furthering the greater public benefit. CIPPIC and others have suggested that a portion of these benefits be allocated to funding public participation in future broadcasting consultations and proceedings.
  • – 2011-01-04 –

    Help shape the future of the Internet by applying to join the Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) 2011 Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee will help determine the makeup of CIRA's Board of Directors, which is responsible for defining the strategic direction of .CA and contributes to Canadian Internet policy.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 21, 2011

  • – 2010-12-23 –

    The Copyright Board has granted Access Copyright's controversial application for an interim tariff in the post-secondary educational institution tariff proceeding.  The Board's reasons for granting the application will follow.  The proposed interim tariff is based on Access Copyright's older licensing agreement, and includes an optional schedule of digital permissions. The Board will accept comments on the proposed interim tariff's wording until January 21, 2011.