Archive for November 30th, 2010

Canadian Courts Set High Bar for Privacy Damage Awards

When privacy violations occur, the first reaction for many victims is to search for a way to stop the offending conduct. The second response may be to invoke the law by filing a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Hundreds of complaints are filed every year and most are resolved with an explanation for what occurred, a change in corporate policy, or occasionally a formal apology.  My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that a growing number of complainants have been left unsatisfied with this outcome, however, and are turning to the courts for damage awards.

Two recent Federal Court decisions grappled with the issue of damage awards for privacy violations and arrived at the same conclusion – personal privacy is not worth much when it comes actual compensation for privacy breaches or abuses.

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November 30, 2010 13 comments Columns

Canadian Courts Set High Bar for Privacy Damage Awards

Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 28, 2010 as Canadian Courts Set High Bar for Privacy Damage Awards When privacy violations occur, the first reaction for many victims is to search for a way to stop the offending conduct. The second response may be to invoke the law by […]

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November 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Quebec Artists Travel To Ottawa To Protest C-32

A large group of prominent Quebec artists are traveling to Ottawa today to voice opposition to Bill C-32 and support for a new levy system on ISPs.

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November 30, 2010 25 comments Must Reads

Music Publisher Ole Criticizes C-32

Ole, Canada’s largest music publisher, has issued a stinging release on Bill C-32, arguing that the bill does little for songwriters and artists.  The release notes that digital locks represent a failed strategy, instead advocating for levy systems.

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November 30, 2010 4 comments Must Reads

Netflix Partner Says Comcast Setting Up Toll for Online Video Delivery

Level 3 Communications, which delivers online movies to Netflix customers, says that ISP giant Comcast has set up a toolbooth around its broadband Internet services.

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November 30, 2010 3 comments Must Reads