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Canada’s New CyberSecure Canada Certification Program

On August 12, 2019, the Canadian federal government announced CyberSecure Canada, a voluntary certification program to help small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) achieve a baseline of cybersecurity. SMEs that demonstrate compliance with specified baseline cybersecurity controls, based on an audit by an accredited certification body, will be granted a two-year certification and be entitled to […] Read more

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BLG Highlights Industry Concerns in Response to OPC Consultation on Cross-Border Dataflows

On August 6, 2019, we submitted an official response to the call for comments issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) in its “Consultation on transfers for processing – Reframed discussion” document dated June 11, 2019 (the “Consultation”). The revised Consultation reframed its original consultation on transborder dataflows dated April 9. […] Read more

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Security Incident: The Quebec Superior Court confirms that the mere fact of being a victim of an incident is insufficient to support a claim for damages

Security incidents involving consumers’ personal information are increasingly being reported in the media. Consumers are worried about fraud or identity theft and companies that have suffered such incidents are often the subject of class actions, with more than 80 class actions involving privacy breaches currently in progress across the country. The Superior Court of Québec […] Read more

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Cybersecurity Guidance for Small and Medium Organizations

Small and medium organizations are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals, but often have limited financial and human resources available to implement comprehensive cybersecurity measures. In March 2019, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security issued Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations to help Canadian small and medium organizations get the most out […] Read more

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IAPP Canada 2019

BLG is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019 taking place May 22-24 at the adjoining Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building) and InterContinental Hotel. Members of our Privacy and Data Protection Group and Cybersecurity Law Group will be speaking throughout the conference : 1. Dealing with Regulators I will be presenting on Wednesday May 22,  2 […] Read more

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CRTC Issues its First Penalty Against a CEO for Violating Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

On April 23, 2019, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued Compliance and Enforcement Decision 2019-111, imposing an administrative penalty of $100,000 on Brian Conley — the President and Chief Executive Officer of nCrowd — for infringing consent and unsubscribe requirements under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Read our bulletin on this topic. Read more