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.
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.
In August, the Ontario government began public consultations on strengthening privacy protection in the province. The pandemic has brought home how important privacy protections are, as we live more and more of our lives virtually.