RBC v. Trang: SCC Rules on Production of Discharge Statements and Privacy Implications

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang, (“Trang“) reviewed the obligations of financial institutions to preserve personal information and clarified when disclosure of personal information without consent will be permitted.  This decision has considerable implications for creditors and third party lenders. There is a strong suggestion that debtors […] Read more

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When is Pseudonymous Data Not Personal Information ?

The 2016 Brussels Privacy Symposium which took place last week (November 8th) is the first annual academic program jointly presented by the Brussels Privacy Hub of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF). The all-day workshop is titled: Identifiability: Policy and Practical Solutions for Anonymization and Pseudonymization. Khaled El Emam, […] Read more

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Global Standards for Fitness Apps and Wearables Advance With Best Practices from the Future of Privacy Forum and the EU MHealth Code of Conduct

Wearable and mobile devices that help users track physiological information can greatly improve consumers’ lives. Wearable technologies – and related apps and services – can use sensors to collect environmental, behavioral, and social data from consumers. Users can monitor, evaluate, and improve something as simple as a fitness routine or as serious as a medicine […] Read more

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Importantes Recommandations de la Commission d’Accès à l’Information

Le 3 octobre 2016, la Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) rendait public son rapport quinquennal 2016, intitulé « Rétablir l’équilibre », concernant l’application de la Loi sur l’accès aux documents des organismes publics et sur la protection des renseignements personnels et de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels dans le secteur privé (ci-après la « Loi […] Read more

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Important Recommendations from the QC Privacy Commissioner

On October 3, 2016, the Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI) released its 2016 quinquennial report, entitled “Rétablir l’équilibre” (Restoring the Balance), concerning the application of the Act respecting documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information and the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector (the “Private Sector Act”). […] Read more


Blackstone CASL Enforcement Decision – Sending CEM Without Consent

On October 26, 2016, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission issued a Compliance and Enforcement Decision finding that Blackstone Learning Corp. violated Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) by sending commercial electronic messages (CEM) without consent and imposing a $50,000 penalty. The Compliance and Enforcement Decision against Blackstone Learning Corp. related to nine email campaigns between 9 […] Read more

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Privacy XChange Forum 2016

This year’s Privacy XChange Forum event is taking place on October 16-18 and is held at the Boulders Resort & Spa, situated in the foothills of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. I am delighted to present with co-panelists Kate Black, Joëlle Jouret and Francesca Spidalieri on October 17th, on “Where In the World: A Quick and Easy Breakdown of Privacy Standards and Regulations”. From the […] Read more


IAPP-EY Annual Privacy Governance Report 2016

IAPP and EY recently published their Annual Privacy Governance Report for 2016 which discusses recent privacy trends. This Report is the result of data provided by 600 privacy professionals across the globe, some of them from Canada. On the regulatory front, the Report notes that businesses are getting ready for the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (entering […] Read more