On October 29, 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced the findings of a joint investigation by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia that examined whether the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited was collecting and using personal information of visitors to its Canadian malls without valid consent using Anonymous Video Analytics technology installed in wayfinding directories and mobile device geolocation tracking technologies.
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
We may expect to see a shift towards stronger, more protective privacy laws in the near future in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the Alberta PIPA and the British Columbia PIPA.
Website cookies are small files sent by websites to users’ computers, usually without knowledge or specific consent. Cookies can be used to personalize a website, remember users’ preferences, and retain products in electronic shopping carts. A bigger concern for regulators is that cookies can also be used to track online behaviour, activities and interests, and can be accessible by third parties.