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Privacy commissioners reveal how egregious employee snooping has become

February 25, 2020 by Jason Contant

Cases of egregious employee “snooping” in Alberta have exploded to the point where some affected individuals won’t even seek health treatment within their communities anymore, the province’s privacy commissioner said at a conference Friday. Jill Clayton, Alberta’s information and privacy

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Watchdogs to probe use of facial recognition technology

February 25, 2020 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal privacy watchdog and three of his provincial counterparts will jointly investigate Canadian use of facial-recognition technology supplied by U.S. firm Clearview AI. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he will be joined in the probe by ombudsmen

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Who do you trust?

February 1, 2020 David Gambrill, Editor in Chief

A client’s personal information is gold to the P&C industry, which relies on data collection and analysis to make a profit. A report on how brokers and insurers are working together to safeguard the industry’s hot new currency — data.

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Privacy czar finds gaps in federal party policies on personal information

December 16, 2019 Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The privacy policies of all the major federal political parties failed to ensure people gave valid consent to the collection and use of their personal information, concluded an analysis by the federal privacy commissioner. The policies also fell

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Scheer promises to create ‘Canada Cyber Safe’ certification for digital

September 9, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer is trying to reassure Canadians that if elected, his government would better protect their personal information following recent high-profile security breaches at major corporations that compromised the data of millions of Canadians. A

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Privacy class-action lawsuit against insurer over credit scores could settle

August 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A privacy class-action lawsuit against The Personal Insurance Company could be settled for about $2.2 million, the plaintiffs’ law firm said Friday. In 2018, Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation filed the lawsuit in Federal Court on behalf of auto claimants with

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The real reason for spike in cyber claims

June 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The number of reported cyber claims has jumped significantly, but it’s not because of the major breaches you’ve been reading in the headlines. Small to mid-sized organizations are at greater risk of cyber losses than large organizations, A.M. Best Company

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How this cyber breach defendant got a six-figure cost award

June 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Defendants who won a class-action lawsuit were recently awarded $166,000 to reimburse them for legal costs, but the plaintiffs are appealing. Casino Rama, located near Orillia, Ont. was the target of a cyber breach in 2016 by an unknown criminal.

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Nova Scotia Health Authority investigating possible privacy breach

June 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The personal health information of nearly 3,000 people may have been compromised in a phishing attack, the Nova Scotia Health Authority says. The health authority said Monday that it is investigating a “potential” privacy breach affecting 2,841 patients.

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How landmark voyeurism ruling impacts insurers

February 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client is sued for breach of privacy, the judge could look to last week’s voyeurism ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada for guidance, a privacy lawyer suggests. In R. v. Jarvis, released Feb. 14, the Supreme Court

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This province lacks ‘reasonable’ cyber security: privacy commissioner

January 15, 2019 Keith Doucette - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A pair of reports slam the Nova Scotia government for failing to protect personal information, saying the risk management around its freedom-of-information website was inadequate and a privacy breach last year was preventable. In his report released Tuesday

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Not all Ontario schools follow this cyber security rule

December 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Some former school board employees can still look at children’s records – including address and date of birth – over the Internet because their access to this system has not been revoked, the Auditor General of Ontario suggested in a