Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Privacy advocates say Ottawa regulations backward

An article by Carly Weeks , CanWest News Service discusses current privacy legislation surrounding disclosure of security breaches.

The federal government says banks, retailers and other businesses should decide whether to tell Canadians they've suffered a security breach, a decision some privacy advocates say is "backwards" and may keep Canadians in the dark when their personal information has been lost or stolen.

"I think we have a real problem here," said John Lawford, counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. "They got it backwards."

CIPPIC Releases Study of DRM & Privacy

CIPPIC Releases Study of DRM & Privacy

Investigation Discloses Widespread Violations of Canadian Privacy Law

Ottawa, ON – September 18, 2007 – The Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa today released the results of a comprehensive investigation into the privacy implications of digital rights management technologies, or “DRM”. The study, titled “Digital Rights Management and Consumer Privacy: An Assessment of DRM Applications Under Canadian Privacy Law”, investigated the DRM technologies used in 16 different digital products and services. The study concluded that many DRM technologies in fact pose threats to privacy and that organizations using those technologies often fail to comply with basic requirements of Canadian privacy law.

CIPPIC Webmaster – Request for Proposals

CIPPIC is seeking a part-time webmaster to take care of its website,

Time Commitment: After initial set-up work and familiarization with our Content Management System, we expect that this job will require no more than 2-3 hours per week.

The Law Foundation of Ontario expands support to public interest organizations

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic was one of six organizations awarded the fellowships for the 2008-2009 term as part of The Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program of the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Tech-thinkers stand on guard for all of us

A Business Edge News Magazine article by Tom Keenan talks about a recent Computers Freedom & Privacy conference in Montreal earlier this month.

The previous Liberal government introduced a bill to force Internet service providers to help spy on Canadians. It died on the order paper and the Harper government has not re-introduced it. However, Liberal MP Marlene Jennings gave first reading to a substantially similar bill this past March.

It's sure to inspire controversy, and you can track the bun fight at, the excellent website of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. The majority of the CFP gurus don't like the idea one bit.

Can digital watermarking foil pirates?

An article by Kathleen Lau discusses the uses of digital watermarking by content owners. It quotes David Fewer of CIPPIC and myself acting as policy coordinator for CLUE. We spoke about watermarking can help gather the statistics needed to legalize and monetize P2P though collective licensing, as well as the fact that watermarks don't have the built in incentive for law abiding citizens to circumvent that DRM does.

"If every song that was peer-to-peer shared had watermarks in it, you could easily detect and collect the statistics to figure out where the money for the music should go."

Like Fewer, McOrmond too, thinks most digital rights management systems are unnecessarily limiting for consumers. "The return on investment for watermarking is considerably higher than any investment in digital rights management."

While watermarking is applied to and only affects the content, DRM is applied to both content and devices and primarily affects the devices. They are entirely different types of technologies with different intended and unintended consequences.

CIPPIC calls for data security breach notification law

News Release Ottawa, ON January 9, 2007

Group calls for Security Breach Notification Law

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa is calling on the federal government to enact legislation requiring organizations to notify individuals when their personal information is exposed to potential thieves and fraudsters as a result of a security breach. In a White Paper released today, CIPPIC reviews breach notification laws enacted by over thirty American states so far, and argues that the federal government should have similar protections in place for Canadians.

Credit cards to be better protected in 2007: privacy commissioner

An article by CBC news staff includes:

Compliance with Canadian Data Protection Laws: Are Retailers Measuring Up? concluded there was "widespread non-compliance" with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Prepared by the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, with financial support from Stoddart's office, the report looked at 64 online, and 72 online and offline retailers.

Calling Sony BMG's Bluff; Canadian Rootkit Settlement Improved

This EFF DeepLinks article by Derek Slater includes:

Sony BMG's effort to rewrite history backfired. Taking up Sony BMG's implicit dare, CIPPIC filed complaints with five government agencies, calling for investigations into Sony BMG's conduct.

Now it's time for Canadian regulators to pick up where the civil litigators left off, and make sure Canadian customers--and their computers--get the protection they deserve.

CIPPIC Files Complaints Against Sony BMG Over Rootkit

See: Globe and Mail , ITWorld Canada , Vancouver Sun (CP story about judge approval of settlement , jam! Showbiz (Copy of CP story)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept.21, 2006 , Ottawa , ON

CIPPIC Files Complaints Against Sony BMG Over Rootkit: Complaints cite privacy, consumer protection, competition concerns

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