Archive for November, 2006

PIPEDA Hearings – Day 01 (Industry Canada)

Given the delay between parliamentary committee hearings and the release of transcripts, several of my research students have graciously agreed to sit in on the hearings and take notes.  Yesterday's hearings featured four representatives from Industry Canada who were asked to provide a "PIPEDA 101" review.  From the notes, it is clear that many committees members expected more, as several requests for recommended amendments were refused with the Industry Canada representatives deferring to the Minister.  While it is not clear that Industry Minister Maxime Bernier expected to appear at these hearings, the Committee Chair indicated that he would be called.

The hearings also provided an update in the Quebec constitutional challenge to PIPEDA.  The most recent development is apparently Quebec's filing of an affidavit in July 2006, so the case is still alive.  Some committee members expressed surprise at the fact that the case has been outstanding for three years.

The key comments and questions, thanks to Natalie Senst, are posted below:

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November 21, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Page Responds to Oda Communications Director

Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies has responded to Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda's Communication Director Chishom Pothier, who cited a meeting with Page as evidence that the Oda is open to meeting with all stakeholder interests.  Responds Page: We welcomed the opportunity to work with this current government on […]

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November 20, 2006 2 comments Must Reads

PIPEDA Review Underway Today

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines the PIPEDA review which begins today. Representatives from Industry Canada will lead off, followed over the next week by privacy experts and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  With the hearings expected to extend into mid-December, I argue that it […]

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November 20, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns

Hearings Offer Chance to Fix Holes in Privacy Law

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 20, 2006 as Hearings Open Door to Fixing Deficient Privacy Law When the Canadian government enacted private sector privacy legislation – known as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) – it included an important provision mandating a parliamentary review of […]

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November 20, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

CRTC Chair Candidates Canvassed

CTV reporter David Akin provides an inside perspective on the current round of interviews for the next chair of the CRTC.

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November 17, 2006 Comments are Disabled Must Reads