Top 5 priorities and challenges for Canadian SMBs in 2012

Forget about fears of a global recession, the European debt crisis, or a stronger Canadian dollar.The majority of Canadian small businesses are optimistic about their prospects in the New Year and in fact

Published on: January 9th, 2012 Nestor Arellano

Why do startups hate agreements?

by Monica Goyal I recently considered entering a business relationship with a startup. These conversations always seem to end with the same awkwardness around signing an agreement. My response, as always, was: I’ll

Published on: December 19th, 2011 Monica Goyal

Online behavioural advertising is ‘downright creepy’, Privacy Commissioner says

Don't use Web bugs, zombie cookies, pixel hacks and the like. Individuals must be informed if their personal information is being collected or their online behaviour is being tracked. And above all, keep

Published on: December 6th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Convenience technology threatening personal privacy, experts say

A young man wants a coffee. He consults an application on his smartphone that shows him nearby coffee shops, chooses one, and sits down with a cup. Meanwhile his friend who happens to

Published on: December 1st, 2011 Grant Buckler

Four ways Facebook must improve privacy after FTC settlement

Facebook users: Get ready for more changes in the way the social network operates.The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that Facebook has agreed to settle the charges that it deceived consumers by telling

Published on: December 1st, 2011 Kristin Burnham

Canadian copyright bill digitally locked and loaded

By Nestor E. Arellano  The most recent iteration of the Canadian copyright reform bill which the government tabled yesterday is being praised by many for balancing the interests of copyright holders and consumers

Published on: September 29th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Canadian businesses face tough challenges with strict anti-spam law

The period for public comment on Canada's new Anti-Spam and Online Fraud Act recently ended, and the new legislation is expected to become law this fall. It will be among the world's strictest

Published on: September 2nd, 2011 Grant Buckler

Accessible technology increasingly a requirement for businesses

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, private businesses operating in the province will have to meet new accessibility standards for customer service by the beginning of next year. Other standards will

Published on: August 18th, 2011 Grant Buckler

Competition, not congestion behind Bell’s UBB push

By Nestor E. Arellano Bell Canada might claiming that its proposal to implement Internet usage based billing on its wholesale customers is meant to alleviate network congestion but the early stages of the

Published on: July 15th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Small ISPs foresee cost burden in ‘Lawful Access’ bills

There has been no shortage of protests over the civil rights and privacy implications of the set of proposed laws now collectively known as Lawful Access bills put forward by Stephen Harper's Conservative

Published on: June 27th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Patent-challenging site casts wider net

Crowdsourced, patent-busting Web site Article One Partners has expanded its focus beyond serving as a resource during patent lawsuits, with its community of researchers now also focused on invalidating patents that aren't tied

Published on: June 1st, 2011 Grant Gross

Privacy by ReDesign: Building a better legacy

Support for embedding privacy into systems from the outset – the essence of Privacy by Design (PbD) – is increasingly well-established, and PbD is now being applied by leading organizations developing cutting-edge applications.

Published on: May 26th, 2011 Ann Cavoukian

Canadians #tweettheresults in revolt against Election Act Sect 329

By Nestor  Arellano In a rare exhibition of election fervor Canadians vented their views about the polls and a few even braved the risk of being fined by Elections Canada by “illegally” tweeted

Published on: May 3rd, 2011 Nestor Arellano

BlackBerry maker cries foul over India dispute

Research In Motion has accused unnamed competitors of trying to compound and profit from its problems in India by "suggesting or implying" that RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) will be singled out by

Published on: February 23rd, 2011 John Ribeiro