Archive for November 4th, 2010

Facing Up to the Generational Privacy Divide

Last week hundreds of privacy regulators, corporate officers, and activists gathered in Jerusalem, Israel for the annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner Conference.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the conference theme focused on the perception of a growing privacy divide between generations, with older and younger demographics seemingly adopting sharply different views on the importance of privacy.  

Many acknowledged that longstanding privacy norms are being increasingly challenged by the massive popularity of social networks that encourage users to share information that in a previous generation would have never been made publicly available for all the world to see.  Moreover, rapid technological change and the continuous evolution of online sites and services create enormous difficulty for regulators unaccustomed to moving at Internet speed.

Given these changes, the conference asked participants to question whether privacy norms are at a breaking point with conventional laws, regulations, and principles rendered irrelevant in the face of the generational and technological shift.

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November 4, 2010 21 comments Columns

Facing Up to the Generational Privacy Divide

Appeared in the Toronto Star on October 31, 2010 as Facing Up to the Generational Privacy Divide Last week hundreds of privacy regulators, corporate officers, and activists gathered in Jerusalem, Israel for the annual Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner Conference. The conference theme focused on the perception of a growing […]

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November 4, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Nair on Fair Dealing

Meera Nair, who contributed a chapter on fair dealing in From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda, blogs on the debate in the House of Commons on C-32, noting that “the mere mention of education as fair dealing brings out the worst fears of Canadian […]

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November 4, 2010 1 comment Must Reads

Copyright Bill is No Ripoff of Textbooks

David Fewer of CIPPIC responds to the misinformation campaign on C-32 and fair dealing.

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November 4, 2010 4 comments Must Reads

Spam Bill Passes Industry Committee Review

Bill C-28, the anti-spam bill, has been reported back to the House of Commons by the Standing Committee on Industry.  There were no substantive changes made to the bill.

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