The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC) recently tabled the 2013 annual report on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act in the House of Commons. In the report, Commissioner Daniel Therrien encouraged companies to be more transparent on how they harvest and use personal data collected on-line.
One of the first social media confidentiality cases arose out of a health care employment relationship. In CAW-Canada, Local 127 (J.C.) v Chatham-Kent (Municipality), OLAA No 135 (QL), the griever was a personal caregiver with eight years of service and some history of discipline.
Since Canada’s Anti-Spam Law came into force on July 1, 2014, the CRTC has received more than 1,000 complaints. The CRTC’s chief compliance and enforcement officer has stated that investigators are already at work looking into whether companies have violated the new law.
In Evans v Bank of Nova Scotia, the plaintiffs sought to certify a class action against the bank and one of its employees, Richard Wilson, who provided private and confidential information about the bank’s customers to third parties in an identity theft scam discovered by Calgary Police.
In its June 13, 2014 decision in R v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Canada begun what will undoubtedly be a long process of clarifying the privacy rights of Canadians with respect to their online activities.
In just a few short weeks, key provisions of one of the most onerous anti-spam laws in the world, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), will come into force. CASL will have a significant impact on the electronic communications of businesses operating in Canada.