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Posted in: Data Security/Privacy | Data Protection

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Federal Government Invests Heavily in a New Cyber Security Strategy By Paige Backman and Ara Dungca Aug 09, 2018 A few weeks ago the Canadian federal government released a new National Cyber Security Strategy backed by more than 500 million dollars in committed funding from Budget 2018. Thus far, it is the largest investment in cyber security by any Canadian government. Despite the fact that the National C...

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

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GDPR Now in Force Has Worldwide Reach By Paige Backman and Ara Dungca Jun 19, 2018 The General Data Protection Regulation was implemented on May 25, 2018. While it officially only affects European citizens, it has worldwide effects. As discussed previously on The Spotlight, any organization offering goods or services to residents of the European Union are expected to comply wit...

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Notifying Consumers of Data Breaches: New Regulations By Stephen Crawford Apr 24, 2018 The federal government has introduced new regulations setting out what information must be disclosed to consumers and to the Privacy Commissioner after a data breach. These regulations will take effect on November 1, 2018.

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New Notification Requirements for Data Breaches By Stephen Crawford Apr 13, 2018 As of November 1, 2018, if your organization suffers a data breach, new reporting requirements will be in place that may require you to notify consumers and the Privacy Commissioner of the breach – or else face a fine of up to $100,000.

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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 One 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 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...
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...
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....
How the European Union Uses Data to Prevent Crime By Donald B. Johnston Jun 01, 2016 It seems to me - although I have no evidence of this - that the European view on privacy differs somewhat from the view in Canada, which in turn differs from the view in the U.S. I have the impression that people in Europe, especially in the U.K., are quite comfortable with the idea of CCTV camer...
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