In response to Facebook's recent attempts to meet privacy concerns on its site, CIPPIC has sent Facebook a letter informing it that the changes it proposes are not adequate to meeting requirements of Canada's Privacy legislation. While CIPPIC commends Facebook on its attempts at making privacy controls somewhat more accessible, it is concerned that none of the underlying privacy issues on its site have been addressed. These concerns have been made clear in past documents issued by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, including a Report of Findings and correspondence to Facebook Inc., as well as in CIPPIC's own statement of concern, sent to Facebook in February.
Today, the Government introduced Bill C-29, an Act intended to update Canada's federal privacy protection statute, PIPEDA. While the Act introduces much overdue data breach notification requirements, it also adds several gaping holes into what is currently a strong and important consumer privacy protection statute. This is most problematic in light of the ever-increasing amount of personal information held by private organizations in the digitized world.
The Federal Court of Appeal has affirmed the conclusion of the Copyright Board of Canada that consumer research qualifiies as "research" for the purposes of fair dealing. The Court concluded that "song preview" features of music download sites permit consumers to "research" prospective purchases, and so qualify for fair dealing.
Michel Geist is reporting that the Prime Minister's Office has ordered the crafting of a copyright bill featuring American-style anti-circumvention laws and ignoring the need for flexible fair dealing. The decision runs flatly counter to the bulk of public submissions to the copyright consultation of 2009. Geist states that the government intends to introduce the bill in June before the House rises for the summer recess.
The Ontario Divisional Court released a unanimous decision today that will protect the anonymity of online speakers. The court held that before the identity of anonymous online users accused of defamation can be revealed, the plaintiff must convince the court there is an adequate basis for ordering such disclosure. This overturns a lower court's decision that identities must be disclosed automatically.
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada joined a group of data protection commissioners from across the world today in calling on Google to put in place processes to safeguard privacy rights in launches of future products.
CIPPIC submitted comments in response to a consultation process being held by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on "Cloud Computing." The submission takes a general look at the technology and the privacy challenges inherent to most cloud applications.
A new website has been launched to investigate Deep Packet Inspection equipment and its use in Canada. The comprehensive website provides an overview of the technology, summary of Canadian ISP uses, news of developments, commentary, and more.