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Seeking Solutions to the Mounting Social Media Privacy Concerns

The House of Commons Committee on Ethics, Accountability and Privacy recently launched a major new study into the privacy concerns raised by popular social media sites. The study promises to canvass a wide range of perspectives as elected officials grapple with emerging privacy issues and consider whether the current legal framework provides sufficient protection.

Canadians are among the most active social media users in the world, yet the growing reliance on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ has generated unease with the privacy implications of massive data collection. My weekly technology law column last week (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes I was recently invited to appear before the committee and used my time to identify four areas in need of action.


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Government Says Vote on C-11 By June 18th

Government House Leader Peter Van Loan told the House of Commons last week that the government intends to have a third reading vote on Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill, by June 18th. ∓
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ACTA Protests Sweep Across Europe

Thousands came out over the weekend across Europe to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A vote in the European Parliament is expected next month.
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Treasury Board, Canada Post At Odds Over Postal Codes

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Treasury Board and Canada Post are at odds over making the postal code database openly available to the public. Treasury Board wants the information openly available, while Canada Post wants to charge thousands of dollars for it.
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Why an Access Copyright Tariff is Unlikely to be Mandatory

Ariel Katz has a must-read post exploring why even if the Copyright Board approves an Access Copyright tariff, its application to institutions that opt-out of the model licence is unlikely to be mandatory.
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