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When it is Illegal to Repurpose Publicly Available Information for Commercial Purposes?

The Superior Court of Québec recently rendered a decision in Opencorporates Ltd. c Registraire des entreprises du Québec that, albeit limited in scope, raises important concerns with respect to the commercial use of publicly available information. The Court concluded that the Québec Enterprise Registrar (Registrar) did not have the legal authority to monitor and control the […] Read more

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Benchmarking Businesses’ Privacy Framework: Highlights from the 2019 IAPP-EY Annual Privacy Governance Report

IAPP and EY published their fifth annual Privacy Governance Report (Report) last week. The authors of the Report surveyed companies across the globe to determine privacy governance trends. The Report aims to understand the structure of businesses’ privacy programs (e.g., budget, staffing, career development), measure privacy compliance efforts (this year, with a focus on compliance with […] Read more

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OPC Maintains Status Quo as it Concludes Consultation on Cross-border Dataflows

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced on September 23, 2019 that it has concluded its consultation on transfers for processing of personal information, and that it will not be changing its guidance and requirements for such transfers under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). There are therefore no new obligations for organizations that engage in transfers […] Read more

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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