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Posted in: Privacy | Data Security/Privacy

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Equifax Breach - The Breach That Will Keep on Giving By Paige Backman and Meghan A. Cowan Sep 14, 2017 At this point, if you haven’t heard of the Equifax data breach, it could only be because you have rightfully been glued to the coverage of (or living through) Hurricane Irma, Harvey or Jose. On September 7, 2017, Equifax revealed that it was the subject of a cybersecurity breach over the s...

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Ontario Court of Appeal Established New Privacy Rights – Utility Consumption Data and Grow Ops By Paige Backman Aug 21, 2017 If you are a utility monitoring consumption data, think twice before providing any of that information to the police. You may need to ensure the police first provide you with a warrant or other judicial authorization specifically requesting the information. The Ontario Court of Appeal, distinguis...

Posted in: Data Security/Privacy | CASL | GDPR | Data Protection

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With All Eyes Turned to CASL, is Anyone Paying Attention to GDPR? With Less Than 1 Year Before GDPR Takes Effect, Make Sure Your Organization is Ready By Paige Backman and Aaron Baer Jul 21, 2017 In early June, the Government of Canada came to its senses by suspending the provision of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) that would have enabled a private right of action to be brought as of July 1, 2017. While this decision provided temporary relief to businesses who f...

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Cyber Security, Risk, Response and Cyber Insurance By Paige Backman, Aaron Baer and Monica Carinci Jul 10, 2017 Relying on cyber infrastructure to operate has become fundamental to most businesses. Critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, hospitals, emergency response, water and transportation (land, water and air) rely heavily on cyber infrastructure that is often networked with many other systems...

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OEB Provides First Look at Proposed New Cyber Security Framework By Gaurav Gopinath and David Stevens Jun 16, 2017 In December 2015, the lights blinked out across multiple provinces in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine. Nearly a quarter of a million people lost power. Shortly after power was restored, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team announced they had identified the root cause: a cyb...

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Report Indicates that Most Small Businesses Are Not Prepared for a Cyber Incident Jun 06, 2017 According to a May 2017 report by U.S. data firms Advisen and Experian, “seventy-five percent of insurance brokers and legal experts noted that their small business clients were either ‘not prepared at all’ or ‘not very well prepared’ to respond to a cyber incid...

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Cybersecurity and Ransomware: Understanding Cyber Threats, Monitoring Data Leakage and Monitoring Reputational Damage By Aaron Baer Jun 05, 2017 Organizations around the world were recently (and rather rudely) reminded of their data vulnerability when WannaCry unleashed its international ransomware attack that seized data remotely and demanded a ransom for its release. This attack provided an important reminder of the risks associated wit...

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Getting Fit… Legally – How to Manage Your Legal Risk as a Fitness Business Owner By Fiona Brown May 18, 2017 It is no surprise that there are many challenges to running a fitness business. One aspect which often troubles fitness business owners is how to go about ensuring compliance with all the different legal requirements that come with having employees and customers. As a client service industry, a f...

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Another Reminder to Comply with CASL: The CRTC Imposes $15,000 Penalty for Non-Compliance By Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Aaron Baer Apr 19, 2017 Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") creates a comprehensive regime designed to prohibit, among other things, unsolicited or misleading commercial electronic messages (including emails).As previously reported on The Spotlight, on July 1, 2017, CASL will introduce a new method for its enforceme...

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Complimentary Webinar: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) - Are You Prepared for July 1? Apr 04, 2017 Join us for a complimentary webinar.Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) - Are You Prepared for July 1?Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. ETOverview:Some of the most significant changes to Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will take place in a few months. On July 1, 2017,...

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Data Security & Employee Turnover: How to Protect Your Data When Employees Leave By Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Aaron Baer Mar 27, 2017 Employee turnover is an unavoidable reality for nearly all businesses. In addition to creating a number of financial and logistical difficulties, employee turnover also raises a number of data security issues. Chief among these issues is data protection upon employee departure. Unfortunately, it ...

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July 1, 2017 - Private Right of Action Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) - The Day Businesses Shake Their Head By Paige Backman Mar 01, 2017 If you've heard anything about CASL lately, you are aware that as of July 1, 2017, individuals and organizations are entitled to bring a "private right of action" in the courts against those that contravene certain provisions of Canada's Anti-Spam Law ("CASL"). Potential damages of up to $1 milli...

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Employee Surveillance By Michael F. Horvat Feb 28, 2017 The continuous development of more sophisticated and cheaper technology effectively permits companies to have constant connectivity to their equipment, allowing management to monitor the use and allocation of company assets in virtual real-time. The installation of GPS tracking and other telemati...

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Employee Behaviours and IT/Cyber Risk - A Webinar Recap Feb 27, 2017 On February 15, our Privacy and Data Security and Technology lawyers, Paige Backman, Meghan Cowan and Donald Johnston, hosted a webinar on Employee Behaviours and IT/Cyber Risk. They discussed the biggest risks to IT systems, what those risks are, and how to mitigate those risks.While most of us ...

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Employee Behaviours and IT/Cyber Risk - Questions and Answers Feb 27, 2017 On February 15, our Privacy and Data Security and Technology lawyers hosted a webinar on Employee Behaviours and IT/Cyber Risk. They discussed the biggest risks to IT systems, what those risks are, and how to mitigate those risks.Throughout the webinar, a number of important questions were asked....

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Are You Compliant With Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL)? If Not, Expect Lawsuits Starting on July 1 of This Year By Aaron Baer Feb 23, 2017 Individuals and organizations will soon be able to pursue a private right of action under Canada's Anti-Spam Law ("CASL"), and you can be sure class action lawyers are salivating at the prospects.Currently, CASL is enforced by three federal agencies: (i) the Canadian Radio-television and Telecomm...

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The Expectation Gap: What Do Your Customers Expect When It Comes to the Security of Their Personal Information By Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Aaron Baer Feb 16, 2017 Customers frequently disclose personal information in order to engage with online retail, banking and social media platforms. However, a recent report by Gemalto (the "Report") reveals that customer expectations regarding responsibility for personal data security place a greater burden on the org...

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Will Trump Trump Privacy? By Paige Backman Dec 02, 2016 A lot of inflammatory statements were thrown around during the campaign leading up to the U.S. election on November 9, 2016. Policy specifics and plans often took a back seat to comments and discussions not typically associated with U.S. election campaigns. Whether you are a supporter of Presiden...

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7 Ways to Help Your Organization Prevent Costly Data Breaches By Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Aaron Baer Dec 01, 2016 Businesses spend an estimated $84 billion each year defending their data against cyberattacks. However, a recent report by Accenture (the "Report") highlights the stark disconnect between these costly protection measures and their efficacy. The Report is based on the results of a survey conducted...

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules with a Bout of Common Sense in Interpreting Privacy Laws By Paige Backman Nov 17, 2016 The Supreme Court of Canada ("SCC") issued a judgment today interpreting Canada's private sector privacy laws in a manner that was rife with common sense. Privacy laws in Canada have been held by some to impose unnecessary obstacles to traditional, and what some argue are appropriate, business pr...

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Off-Duty Conduct: What Can Happen When Employees Go Viral By Michael F. Horvat Nov 03, 2016 It seems that a week cannot go by without the news reporting on a seemingly private or embarrassing event that has gone public. With the abundance of cameras in our daily public lives and the instantaneous sharing of information, our actions and statements can be easily broadcast as they happen. ...
Password Misery! By Donald B. Johnston Oct 18, 2016 We all hate passwords. Anyone who says s/he doesn't is fibbing.I had an experience recently, while at the International Bar Association conference in Washington, that renewed my hatred for passwords. The word "hatred" is inadequate to express how I actually feel about passwords - it's more like t...

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Russian Cyber Spy Group Hacks World Anti-Doping Agency, Releases Private Medical Information on Olympic Athletes By Paige Backman Sep 14, 2016 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed yesterday that a Russian cyber espionage group broke into WADA's anti-doping database and accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data, and subsequently released some of that data, including information on various athletes' use of medica...
Connected Vehicles and Privacy By Donald B. Johnston Aug 25, 2016 I have read a lot of stuff lately about the so-called dangers of connected cars and the inevitability that my car is going to kidnap me and drive me to a dark place and dump me. I'll be lucky to survive, apparently.That's okay; I'm from Hamilton. I've been driven to dark places and dumped before....
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