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Think before you click! New cyberthreat assessment published

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer In November 2020 the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity (“Cyber Centre”) issued its second National Cyberthreat Assessment document (the “Report”), whi...
Dec 16, 2020
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Proposed Canadian Privacy Bill Introduces Fines and New Requirements for Private Organizations

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Cameron McMaster Business Law Today The Canadian government’s long-awaited overhaul of existing federal private-sector privacy legislation finally arrived on November 17, 2020, with the ...
Dec 2, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Increased Web Page Accessibility Requirements for Private and Non-Profit Organizations in Ontario Come into Effect in 2021 and AODA Accessibility Report Due Date Extended

Shreya Patel and Cameron McMaster The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) is a legislation designed to ensure that businesses, spaces and workplaces are mo...
Dec 1, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Proposed Privacy Bill Introduces Fines and New Requirements for Private Organizations

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Cameron McMaster The Canadian Government’s long awaited overhaul of existing federal private sector privacy legislation finally arrived on November 17, 2020 with the f...
Nov 19, 2020
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Attention, mall shoppers: your data is being collected!

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer On Oct. 28 the Federal Privacy Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioners of Alberta and British Columbia (collectively, Regulators) unveiled findings...
Nov 18, 2020
Article

Legal and Ethics Checklist for AI Systems

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Cameron McMaster The SciTech Lawyer Despite the significant benefits that AI systems can offer users and society in general, any organization deploying an AI system must protect core val...
Nov 3, 2020
Article

Class dismissed: CRTC finds OneClass in violation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer On September 30 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which is tasked with enforcing Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation ...
Oct 21, 2020
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Clouds without borders: the dangers of non-localized cloud contracts

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer It’s an exciting time in your organization. Your business has completed its due diligence and has found the perfect service provider, located in anoth...
Sep 23, 2020
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Faceoff! UK appellate court finds police use of facial recognition technology contravenes laws

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer In what has been described as one of the world's first successful legal challenges to police use of facial recognition technology, on Aug. 11 the UK C...
Aug 28, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

No Free Lunch: Global Privacy Regulators Set Expectations of Video Teleconference Providers

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer While the availability of videoconferencing technology has been a salvation for many given the challenges of working remotely during the COVID-19 pand...
Jul 27, 2020
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Safety first! New Canadian cloud security guidance is issued

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer In early June the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCC) released four critical sets of guidelines for acquiring secure cloud services. While the CC...
Jul 3, 2020
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Getting it right: Using consumer-facing AI tools wisely

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer The use of artificial intelligence technology can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the growing ability of AI machines and algorithms to make ...
Jun 5, 2020
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Bill 188 Amendments to PHIPA

Sahil Razdan In light of the global COVID-19 crisis, majority of the world and its businesses have instantaneously inherited the need to become more digital. While...
May 29, 2020
May 26, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lawyering in the time of pandemic

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer In July ​I wrote a column for Canadian Lawyer in which I argued that, as a basic tenet of our profession, Canadian lawyers should actually be required...
May 7, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cybersecurity in the time of pandemic

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer As we hunker down in our home offices and try to protect ourselves from the ravages of COVID-19, it is worth remembering that, in addition to the thre...
Apr 6, 2020
Article

Online ticket seller faces the music on extra fees

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer On February 13 the Competition Bureau struck another blow against so-called “drip-pricing” ticket-selling tactics when it slammed the deceptive online...
Mar 6, 2020
Article

IP Addresses No Longer Protected in Alberta

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer In a surprising decision, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta recently held in R. v. Bykovets that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in ...
Feb 12, 2020
Article

Beware the Zombie Software!

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer January 14th marked the end of Microsoft’s support for its Windows 7 product. Why is this date important? Because, following this date the software jo...
Jan 22, 2020
Article

Connecting the right way this holiday season

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer ‘Tis the season to spend lavishly on gifts for friends and family, and no doubt many of the year’s hottest purchases will include so-called “smart” de...
Dec 11, 2019
Presentation

How to Work Successfully in the Cloud: Removing the Cloudy from Cloud Technology

Lisa R. Lifshitz Speaker, Annual Digital Open Government Forum: Digital Disruption-Disrupt to Innovate? Lisa Lifshitz spoke at the Annual Digital Open Government Forum in Ottawa on November 26, 2019. The forum was focused on digital disruption and e...
Nov 26, 2019
Article

PIPEDA mandatory breach notification provisions turn one

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column How times passes when you’re having fun. The provisions of Canada’s federal private sector privacy law, the Personal Information Protection and Electr...
Nov 11, 2019
Article

Ethical Open Source: Is the world ready?

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer Given its incredible popularity in the marketplace, there is no question that many software developers (and their respective companies) today see grea...
Oct 15, 2019
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