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Recent Changes to Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act By Meghan A. Cowan Aug 17, 2017 There have been a number of new changes introduced with respect to Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (“PHIPA”). The Ontario government filed a new regulation on June 29, 2017 (Ontario Regulation 224/17 -- the “New Regulation”). The New Re...

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Legal Update: New Civil and Criminal Consequences for ‘Revenge Porn’ By Meghan A. Cowan Aug 10, 2017 There have been many cases in the media lately about ‘revenge porn’ or nonconsensual pornography – the explicit portrayal of an individual without their consent. Examples include the recent Hollywood celebrity phone hacking scandal (where nude pictures of various female celebrit...

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...

Posted in: Intellectual Property | Court Decision

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Protection of Rights in Canada and International Comity Supreme Court of Canada Plants its Flag Down By Paige Backman, Aaron Baer and Codie Mitchell Jul 13, 2017 The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent and much-anticipated decision in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. is extremely important for many reasons. It has been applauded by Canadian companies whose intellectual property rights are being infringed by overseas companies, but, it has left ma...