Archive for January 22nd, 2007

Robertson Reflections

Osgoode Hall prof Pina D'Agostino posts on the SCC's Robertson v. Thomson decision.  Limits on contractual contracting is an issue I touched on during the 30 Days of DRM.  It was also raised by a Senate report on Canadian media, though Canadian Heritage Minister Bev Oda rejected a recommendation to […]

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January 22, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Privacy Breaches Expose Flaws in the Law

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) focuses on the need for Canadian privacy reform in light of last week's security breaches involving CIBC and retailer giant Winners.  I note that these two incidents highlight the fragility of sensitive, personal information that is entrusted to Canadian businesses as well as the inadequacy of current Canadian privacy legislation.  Business groups have cautioned against privacy law reforms, yet as the risk of identity theft grows, the calls for change are likely to become more vocal. 

While the U.S. pushes forward with security breach disclosure legislation, Canadian business has argued strongly against similar reforms.  The Information Technology Association of Canada, which features representatives from companies such as BCE, Telus, Rogers, Microsoft, Nortel, and Research in Motion on its board of directors, warned against mandatory notification legislation in an appearance before a parliamentary committee last month.

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January 22, 2007 3 comments Columns

Privacy Breaches Expose Flaws in Law

Appeared in the Toronto Star on January 22, 2007 as Privacy Breaches Expose Flaws in Law Privacy took centre stage in Canada late last week as TJX Cos., the parent company of retail giants Winners and HomeSense, disclosed that as many as two million Canadian credit cards may have been […]

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January 22, 2007 8 comments Columns Archive