The deadline for Industry Canada's PIPEDA consultation is January 15th.
Michael Geist's weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, Homepage version) focuses on a recent case in which a British Columbia court ordered Hush Communications to decrypt hundreds of emails and to send them to the U.S. law enforcement officials. Faced with a valid court order, the company complied, shipping 12 CDs filled with unencrypted personal email to investigators in California. The case challenges several myths that have developed about privacy, law enforcement, and the Internet.
A statement from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on the recent government proposal to tackle identity theft. See CIPPIC press release and Michael Geist: Canada's Identity Theft Bill: What It Says and What's Missing.
An article by Carly Weeks , CanWest News Service discusses current privacy legislation surrounding disclosure of security breaches.
Briony Smith has an article in ITWorld Canada describing the current consultation Industry Canada is doing on Canada's federal privacy legislation PIPEDA.
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.
Here is a site that moans about it more than I do.
The OECD has launched a public consultation for the Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy.
There's a preparatory meeting in Ottawa 3rd October, with various options for online participation, and there's an online questionnaire asking for comments in 4 areas :
An article by Greg Sandoval, Staff Writer, CNET News.com, talks about how EFF is taking issue with Apple's practice of embedding customer information within iTunes music. Normally I am in total agreement with EFF, but in this case I don't understand the complaint. Having personal identifying information of the licensee of downloaded music seems reasonable to me. I couldn't find any reference to this complaint on EFF's website.
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG