The Quebec private sector data protection law is celebrating its 20 years of existence!

The Quebec private sector data protection law, An Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector is celebrating its 20 years of existence. The Quebec bar is organizing an event to celebrate the existence of this law :  Les 20 ans de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé. The event is taking […] Read more


McGill Law Journal Podcast: Privacy and Government surveillance

Has Canada achieved the right balance between protecting the state’s national security interest and respecting the legitimate privacy expectations of Canadians? I recently contributed with Professor Vincent Gautrais (Université de Montréal) to a McGill Law Journal Podcast on the topic of government surveillance. The podcast entitled “Vie privée sous surveillance” (French only) discusses state surveillance in Canada […] Read more


Privacy, Trusts and Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Information

A recent paper entitled “Privacy, Trusts and Cross-Border Transfers of Personal Information: The Quebec Perspective in the Canadian Context” co-authored with my colleague Pierre-Christian Hoffman has been published in Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1, November 2014, and is also available on SSRN. In this paper, we argue that data protection laws (PIPEDA and substantially […] Read more


CMA Regulatory Conference: Digital Crossroads

I will be participating at the CMA event “Digital Crossroads – Marketing, Privacy, Data and Consumer Trust” taking place in Toronto on November 25th. Digital Crossroads – Marketing, Privacy, Data and Consumer Trust is a must-attend event for professionals responsible for building consumer trust and keeping their organisations compliant with current and upcoming digital marketing […] Read more


Access by Private Litigants to Criminal Investigations’ Wiretaps

In the recent land-mark decision Imperial Oil v. Jacques, 2014 SCC 66 that will surely provide fodder for those concerned with privacy rights in Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) has issued a decision which grants private litigants access to wiretap recordings obtained in the course of a criminal investigation conducted by the Competition Bureau. The SCC […] Read more

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Wind Mobile 2013 Transparency Report

Canadian national wireless service provider Wind Mobile is another organization that has recently released a 2013 Transparency Report. Wind Mobile’s privacy policy page also includes the following statement: Transparency Report WIND complies with Canadian privacy law and take active steps to fully safeguard the information of our customers. At the same time we are compelled by […] Read more


Canadian telcos and banks subject to the Quebec privacy law

A decision was recently issued by the Quebec Commission d’Accès à l’information (“CAI”) pursuant to the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector following (“Quebec Private Sector Act”) following a complaint filed against Rogers Communications (“Telco”) pertaining to the collection of personal information. In X. c. Rogers Communications Inc., the complainant’s social insurance […] Read more