The Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s findings do not mean that consent to the collection of an IP address is always required. There may be a number of legitimate reasons for collecting this information, including those relating to security of the site. These reasons would not necessarily extend, however, to collection and use of IP addresses for advertising purposes without some form of consent.
The recent tragic death of the legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams is one such example. Mr. William’s suicide was not a result of cyberbullying. Rather, it resulted in cyberbullying – of Mr. William’s grieving daughter, Zelda Williams.
Canada, like many countries, must answer a fundamental question: How does it achieve its law enforcement and national security objectives while also protecting and respecting the privacy rights of its citizens? “We hope the current administration and its privacy opponents can reach reasonable compromises that allow both groups to achieve their desired outcomes” Chris Stevens, CIPP/US, CIPP/C, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, CIPM, CIPT, and Steve Holland, CIPM, write. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, they look at the high-stakes issues facing Canada’s quest to balance the two priorities and whether Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is the right man to help it do so.