During August and September, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released some important information for organizations in respect of privacy responsibilities and how to meet them. More specifically, it has published a new privacy guide for businesses, resources to help businesses protect personal information and address breaches and helpful guidance for manufacturers of Internet of Things devices.
Over the last two decades, British Columbia’s courts have consistently held that there is no common law tort for breach of privacy (or intrusion upon seclusion) in British Columbia because of the similar statutory cause of action under the Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 373.
In 2017, the Parliament of Canada (Parliament) passed the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act which established various prohibitions on genetic testing related to diseases.