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Privacy Business Risks on the Rise: Privacy Concerns can Lead to Significant Loss in Market Value

Business risks resulting from consumer privacy concerns are on the rise. Last week, Facebook and Twitter reported second quarter results which revealed that both companies lost a significant number of active users due to privacy and data protection concerns. Their stock price plummeted by approximately 20 per cent each, resulting in a combined loss in market […] Read more

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Public Facebook Profiles Not Equivalent to Public Information Under PIPEDA

In its most recent report of findings entitled “Company’s re-use of millions of Canadian Facebook user profiles violated privacy law,” the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (the “OPC”) dealt with the often confusing issue of personal information that is publicly available and confirmed its view that Facebook profiles that are set to public are not considered “publicly […] Read more

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CASL Enforcement Action – $250,000 in Penalties for Aiding the Distribution of Malvertising

On July 11, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued notices of violation under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (commonly known as “CASL”) against two online advertising businesses for allegedly aiding the installation of malicious computer programs through the distribution of online advertising. The enforcement action illustrates how CASL imposes liability on an organization that aids […] Read more

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Government of Canada Responds to ETHI Committee Report on PIPEDA Review

The Government of Canada has responded to the February 2018 report by the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (“ETHI” or “Committee”) on the review of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”). As we summarized in a previous bulletin, the ETHI’s report, entitled “Towards Privacy by Design,” discussed many topics and provided […] Read more

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Update to Québec’s Proposed Loyalty Program Rules

In a previous bulletin Ontario and Québec Set to Update Legal Requirements on Loyalty Programs, we highlighted the recent legislative changes regarding loyalty/rewards programs that have been implemented in Ontario and confirmed in Québec. Ontario’s rules on loyalty programs and associated regulations came into force on January 1, 2018, with a retroactive effect to October 1, […] Read more

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IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018

BLG is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018 taking place May 24-25 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 : Privacy and Cybersecurity Hot Business Risks The BLG panel is taking place […] Read more

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Settlement of Alleged CASL Violation – Text Messages Sent Without Consent or Prescribed Information

On May 1, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission announced that the companies operating the 514-BILLETS ticket resale business agreed to pay $100,000 as part of a voluntary settlement of alleged violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (commonly known as “CASL”) regarding the sending of text messages without the recipient’s consent and without prescribed information about the […] Read more