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Vehicle owner addresses to be removed from registration cards to protect privacy: Manitoba Public Insurance

January 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) announced on Tuesday that it will be implementing a system change to remove the printing of registered owner addresses on non-commercial vehicle registration cards. Manitoba Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler announced the change “in the interest

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U.S. consumers excited about “connected living,” but concerned about identity theft, cyberattacks and privacy issues: study

January 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While consumers in the United States are excited by the progression toward “connected living,” they are also concerned about identity theft, cyberattacks and privacy issues, according to a new report from Assurant, Inc., a global provider of risk management solutions.

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Breach Notification

January 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Federal regulations requiring organizations to notify individuals of data breaches that could potentially expose them to harm will probably be in place this year and could cause an increase in class-action lawsuits, lawyers familiar with privacy laws suggest. The Digital

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Growing trend toward seeking punitive, personal legal action against corporate leaders: AGCS

November 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

New and emerging risks are putting corporate leaders under more pressure of falling foul of investigations, fines or prosecution over alleged wrongdoing, notes a new global report issued Monday by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). “There is a growing

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Mandatory breach notification in Canada has ‘potential to effectively cause’ class-action lawsuits: PCUC speaker

November 25, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Impending changes to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents (PIPEDA) could “effectively cause more class-action” lawsuits down the road because companies will be required to report information security breaches that pose “a real risk of significant harm,” a lawyer

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Privacy class-action lawsuit in Ontario ‘settled on incredibly favourable terms’ to Home Depot: PCUC luncheon speaker

November 24, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

How companies respond to data breaches in which criminals obtain sensitive customer data is “hugely important” in reducing the risk of a class-action lawsuit, a lawyer suggested Wednesday to insurance professionals. At the November luncheon of the Property Casualty Underwriters

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Province of Manitoba advises that former health department employee inappropriately accessed personal health information

November 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) has reported that a former health department employee inappropriately accessed the personal health information of 197 people, including names, addresses and dates of birth. MHSAL said on Monday that an internal investigation revealed

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Filling the Breach

November 6, 2016 Eduard Goodman, Chief Privacy Officer, IDT911

Insurers in Canada need to prepare for the new federal breach notification law, the back-end details of which could be ready within the next 12 months. Although the rule-making phase is not yet complete, a big change in direction is not anticipated, with the information provided to date likely offering a solid blueprint for the final rules.

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Organizations must focus more on people, not just technology, to combat privacy breaches: lawyer

October 26, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The people component of privacy breaches is critically important, demanding greater focus going forward in light of an environment where both related individual and class actions are on the rise, Patrick Hawkins, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP suggested

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Canada fourth largest cyber security hub in world, Ontario has potential to assume leading role

October 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More investment and co-ordination is needed if Ontario – which offers strengths in financial services and technology – is to realize its potential to assume a more dominant leadership role in cyber security, notes a new report issued Thursday. Commissioned

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Chubb launches product to protect Canadian companies against privacy, intellectual property, financial injury and cyber risks

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb announced on Tuesday that its Integrity+ product is now available in Canada to help protect companies from errors and omissions (E&O) liability customer lawsuits alleging that their products or services caused privacy violations, intellectual property infringements or other financial

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Cyber and data privacy breaches top risk for global transportation industry executives: Willis Towers Watson study

October 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The increased security threat from cyber and data privacy breaches is the number one risk on the minds of executives in the global transportation industry, according to a new report released on Monday by Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Willis Towers