Online business also risky business in Canada, law firm says

Has government laid down new red tape that is making it riskier to conduct business online? If you ask Toronto-based law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), the answer is yes – new

Published on: January 8th, 2013 Brian Jackson

Instagram debacle shows the user agreement process needs fixing

At the end of 2012 Instagram, the online image-sharing company recently acquired by Facebook, announced new changes to their Privacy and Terms of Service policies that caused tremendous backlash from the public and

Published on: December 20th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Hollywood studio’s bid to get TekSavvy customer information delayed

A Los Angeles-based movie production studio that is suing a small Chatham, Ont.-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) for its customer’s personal information will have to wait at least a bit longer to have

Published on: December 18th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Facebook customer outreach on privacy policy backfires

Facebook's recent attempt at playing democracy are perhaps a good example of a Web site that's gone too far with user engagement and promised more than it is able, or willing to deliver.

Published on: December 11th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Privacy commissioners issue guidelines for mobile apps

The privacy commissioners for Canada, Alberta and British Columbia jointly issued a set of guidelines today to help mobile developers bake privacy protection into their apps. The guidelines were released on the closing

Published on: October 25th, 2012 Christine Wong

How a Barnes & Noble sale led to legal changes for e-commerce sites

The design of websites has increasingly moved towards aesthetically pleasing, clean looking web pages.  Web browsers and shoppers particularly do not want to be burdened by pop-up ads or web pages overcrowded with

Published on: October 11th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Privacy Commissioner offers $50,000 to fund privacy research projects

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is offering up to $50,000 for year-long projects that will advance privacy knowledge in one year, the office announced yesterday. Looking for proposals that specifically deal with Canada’s

Published on: September 28th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Experts call for Privacy Commissioner to reveal data leaking Web sites

Ottawa-based privacy advocates are calling on the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's office to release the names of popular Web sites that leaked personal information to third parties, following the commissioner's announcement made yesterday.Jennifer

Published on: September 26th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Privacy Commissioner shouldn’t be in the business of keeping secrets

After some of the most-visited Canadian Web sites gave away our personal information without asking us, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is choosing to help keep the offending firms’ secret. Apparently the privacy

Published on: September 25th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Big data requires big privacy

By Dr. Ann Cavoukian I am a great lover of quotes. The thirteenth century Persian poet Jalal-e-din Mohammad Rumi once beautifully wrote that it is necessary to “speak a new language so that

Published on: June 27th, 2012 Ann Cavoukian

Facebook acquires facial recognition software firm

Facebook has acquired Face.com, the facial recognition software company whose products power Facebook's photo tagging suggestions, according to a blog post.Rumors of the acquisition began to circulate in late May.  Face.com also provides branded Facebook apps.

Published on: June 18th, 2012 Cameron Scott

Ontario county saves on compliance costs with vendor swap

With a population of 70,000 residents you might be prone to think that the IT and compliance challenges of Middlesex County would be negligible compared to those of much larger municipalities. However, the

Published on: June 6th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Ontario privacy complaints hit new record in 2011, commissioner reports

A record number of complaints and freedom of information requests were made to the office of Ontario's privacy commissioner last year, according to the commissioner's annual report released today.The 277 privacy complaints closed

Published on: June 4th, 2012 ITBusiness Staff

Data encryption seldom used by Canadian businesses

Nearly half of Canadian businesses that handle customers' personal information in digital form fail to use appropriate tools and practices to protect sensitive data, according to a survey commissioned by the Office of

Published on: May 13th, 2012 Nestor Arellano