Season one of the Law Bytes podcast is in the books with 22 full episodes that covered a wide range of digital policy issues (plus one preview episode). New episodes will resume in the fall, but in the meantime I’ll be revisiting some of the major themes from the first season. Privacy and security issues was a prominent part of the discussion starting with the very first full episode featuring a conversation with UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. Commissioner Denham reflected on her years in Canada, particularly the Canadian Facebook investigation, concerns with the Google Buzz service, and the need for Canadian legislative reform in order to address today’s privacy challenges.
Canadian privacy shortcomings and potential reform were the subject of several other episodes: Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith discussed the International Grand Committee testimony that took place in late May, University of Ottawa law professor Teresa Scassa assessed the government’s digital charter that proposes significant reforms to PIPEDA, and privacy expert David Fraser examined hot button issues such as cross-border data transfers and the right to de-index.
There was also an episode on open banking that used audio from my appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce that focused on privacy and data protection. Security issues were the topic in one of the first season’s most popular episodes with Christopher Parsons joining the podcast to unpack the security, political and policy issues associated with Huawei.