Archive for May 5th, 2011

Apple and Sony Privacy Woes Point to Legal Holes

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart generated considerable attention yesterday for a speech that calls for new powers to allow for “significant, attention-getting fines” in light of the Sony PlayStation Network security breach. The speech was similar to one delivered in January, when Stoddart put order making power, fines, and naming names squarely on the table I wrote about the speech here).

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that privacy officials have long warned about unseen consumer privacy risks, yet the issue has rarely generated significant political attention in Canada with potential reforms languishing for years without action. Recent high profile privacy incidents involving two of the world’s most popular consumer electronic companies – Apple and Sony – could help change that as millions of Canadians awaken to the privacy risks associated with undisclosed tracking and security breaches.

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May 5, 2011 9 comments Columns

Apple and Sony Privacy Woes Point to Legal Holes

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 1, 2011 as Apple, Sony security slips show flaws in our laws Privacy officials have long warned about unseen consumer privacy risks, yet the issue has rarely generated significant political attention in Canada with potential reforms languishing for years without action. Recent high […]

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Supreme Court Grants Leave in K-12 Copyright Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision involving copyright and K-12 schools, which specifically addressed fair dealing in the context of education.  I wrote about the Federal Court of Appeal decision here.

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Israel Reacts Angrily to Inclusion on US IP Watch List

Israel has reacted angrily to its inclusion on the U.S. Special 301 Watch List. One report quotes a government official as saying the inclusion is “designed to force the country to make concessions beyond those agreed between Jerusalem and Washington” adding the “United States was violating bilateral agreements by putting […]

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Copyright Lobby Groups Press European Parliament to Pass ACTA

Copyright lobby groups are pressing the European Parliament to quickly pass ACTA. The letter is believed to be a response to a request for an Opinion on the compatibility of ACTA with the EU Treaties.

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