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Forty hours on privacy

I will be teaching, for a fourth consecutive year, DRT-6929E-A, a privacy law course at the  University of Montreal Law Faculty. The class is offered to Masters degree students and takes place every Monday from 4 to 7pm, January 11 to April 11, 2016. I have been teaching since 2009 (e-commerce law from 2009 – […] Read more

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New privacy books on revenge porn, cyberbullying, pornography and on surveillance in Canada

Two privacy books have recently been released: Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era This book was authored by Michael Geist. From the effectiveness of accountability and oversight programs to the legal issues raised by metadata collection to the privacy challenges surrounding new technologies, this book explores current issues torn from the headlines with […] Read more

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Who watches the watchers? With police body cams, we all can

Author: Jillian Friedman, lawyer and student DRT6929E Worry that the state is abusing its powers through surveillance of its citizens has been a ubiquitous and powerful theme in contemporary political discourse. Most recently it manifests around the Harper government’s Anti Terrorism Law Bill C-51 that would grant additional surveillance powers to the government over Canadian […] Read more

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Offensive du Commissaire de la vie privée du Canada contre le projet de loi C-51  

Auteur: Hugo Fournier-Gendron, Étudiant au cours de DRT6929E Le 6 mars dernier, M. Daniel Therrien, commissaire à la protection de la vie privée du Canada, écrivait dans une lettre ouverte au Devoir que le projet de loi C-51, lequel prévoit notamment des mesures pour permettre un plus grand échange d’informations entre les institutions fédérales afin […] Read more

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Forty hours on privacy

I will be teaching, for a third consecutive year, DRT-6929E-A, a privacy law course at the  University of Montreal Law Faculty. The class is offered to Masters degree students and takes place every Monday from 4 to 7pm, January 12 to April 13, 2015. I have been teaching since 2009 (e-commerce law from 2009 – […] Read more

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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

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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

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Using fake Facebook profiles in investigations

Facebook, in its terms of use, requests that users be truthful on Facebook: “You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission” (section 4). Given that most profiles may contain valuable information useful for any investigation, more and more we are seeing fake profiles […] Read more