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Private Lives: How to ensure discretion for your HNW clients’ claims

November 23, 2021 Brooke Smith

Privacy is an essential part of insurance and for high net worth (HNW) clients, it’s even more important to be discreet — particularly if they have insurance claims. “For a HNW client, [any kind of loss] resulting in a claim

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Quebec’s AMF explores implications of autonomous vehicles

November 11, 2021 Philip Porado

Self-driving vehicles will change the auto liability landscape across Canada and raise data privacy concerns, said an issues paper from Quebec’s financial services regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). The paper identifies five levels within the connected and autonomous

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Insurers hope privacy legislation reboot will bring harmony

November 3, 2021 Philip Porado

Canada’s existing privacy regulations – including federal law and province-specific legislation in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta – can’t keep up with changing technology and are due for an update, said panellists at an Insurance Bureau of Canada regulatory affairs

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Eyes in the sky: coverage for drone usage

September 21, 2021 Brooke Smith

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — known commonly as drones — were originally a tool solely for the military. Now they’re used regularly for civilian purposes such as photography, monitoring traffic and fighting fires, said Janarthan Sivarajah, senior new business manager,

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Etiquette for asking if your employees are vaccinated

April 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Asking your workers whether or not they got their COVID-19 vaccine shot is not necessarily a good idea. “If you are going to require employees to disclose their vaccination status, you need to consider the nature of the workplace,” said

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Cyberattack may have exposed 500,000 files: Saskatchewan privacy commissioner

January 12, 2021 The Canadian Press

REGINA – A report from Saskatchewan’s privacy commissioner says more than 500,000 files with personal information could have been exposed in a ransomware attack on the province’s electronic health information network. The office started an investigation into the December 2019

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Former Quebec premier suing government for $1M for privacy violation

October 15, 2020 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Former premier Jean Charest is suing the Quebec government for violation of his privacy in connection with an investigation by the province’s anti-corruption unit. The lawsuit filed Friday in Montreal seeks $1 million in punitive damages and $50,000

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COVID-19 pandemic accelerating digital privacy risks, federal watchdog warns

October 8, 2020 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal privacy czar says the COVID-19 pandemic is underscoring weaknesses in the law that place the personal information of Canadians at risk. In his annual report presented to Parliament today, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien warns the pandemic

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Appeal judge: Is the lack of a privacy-breach tort in this province ‘anachronistic’?

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s courts need to take a close look at the question of whether the province has a tort for breach of privacy, an appeal court judge suggested in a recent decision arising from a data breach at a Vancouver-based

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Canadian government named in class-action privacy breach lawsuit

September 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit over data breaches earlier this year affecting thousands of users of online service users. Criminals were able to get the user names and passwords of 9,041 users of GCKey, the federal

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Personal info of kids with disabilities accidentally shared: Manitoba government

August 28, 2020 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says human error resulted in the personal information of 9,000 children with disabilities being unintentionally shared. The province says the breach occurred on Wednesday when staff from Children’s Disability Services sent an email intended for

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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