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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California now has toughest law in U.S. for the collection of personal information

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column If you work at a company that engages in cross-border transactions involving consumers, including in California, brace yourself – some additiona...
Sep 16, 2019

Artificial Intelligence in Canada

Lisa R. Lifshitz and Myron Mallia-Dare Chapter author in Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines: Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact How will the law change to accommodate the role of artificial intelligence in society and how much of that change has occurred already? When machines ...
Aug 20, 2019

A Fine Mess: the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's proposed GDPR fines

Lisa R. Lifshitz Canadian Lawyer Online — IT Girl Column The calm of the lazy, hazy July summer was recently shattered by two announcements from the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office that sent a s...
Jul 15, 2019
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