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Data breach affects nearly 3 million Desjardins Group members

June 20, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Desjardins Group said Thursday the personal information of more than 2.9 million of its members has been shared with individuals outside of the organization. The Quebec-based financial institution said the breach affects 2.7 million individual members and 173,000

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Why this bar is partly liable for impaired driving accident

June 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Offering 12 beers for less than half price might be a good way for your client to get a crowd of customers into its bar, but it is not necessarily the best risk mitigation strategy. A Niagara area bar is

News InsuranceRiskTechnology

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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The other technology risk that’s keeping clients up at night

June 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you place commercial insurance, you probably have clients who are very concerned about the risk of making large investments in information technology projects. “The failure rate of IT projects is quite high and the returns are often not what

News ClaimsLegislation / RegulationRisk

Electronic logs will be mandatory for truck, bus drivers

June 14, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Transport Canada says it will require all commercial drivers to have electronic logging devices – one of the recommendations from a coroner’s report into the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The federal department says the tamper-resistant devices will

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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.

News Technology

No ‘silver bullet’ for bus passenger safety: Commons committee

June 13, 2019 Teresa Wright - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A committee of MPs who probed bus-passenger safety in Canada has decided not to call for seatbelts to be installed in Canadian school buses, urging further study instead. The House of Commons transportation committee launched an investigation into

News EngineeringLegal

$107-million Saskatchewan oil leak results in guilty plea

June 12, 2019 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – Husky Energy has pleaded guilty in a pipeline leak that sent oil spilling into a major river and fouled the source of drinking water for thousands of people. The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July

News InsuranceRiskTechnology

This social media risk lacks a mainstream insurance product

June 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Want to place insurance that covers a client whose revenue suddenly plummets because of a disinformation campaign? This might be easier said than done, but one commercial insurer with a Canadian branch is hoping to change this. Right now, there

News Technology

Omnichannel is dead. Here’s why you need a multi-experience strategy

June 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Companies looking to enhance their digital strategy should follow a four-step model to deliver a multi-experience rather than an omnichannel experience, Jason Wong, VP analyst at research and advisory firm Gartner, said recently. There are various definitions for omnichannel, but

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How AI can help shape a more effective disaster response

June 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used not only to predict what will happen, but to shape and influence that outcome, the president of IBM Canada said Wednesday. “Predicting it is good, but the value that you get as an enterprise

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How the EU’s data privacy law will apply to your Canadian clients

June 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The European Union’s new data privacy law can affect your clients even if they don’t have offices in Europe, a cyber security expert with one of the world’s biggest brokerages warns. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect