On May 21, 2019, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the introduction of Canada’s new Digital Charter. This blog post summarizes the highlights of Minister Bains’ announcement and the principles of the Digital Charter.
This spring the largest penalty to date was issued under Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). A social work student was convicted of accessing personal health information without authorization, and ordered pay a $20,000 fine and a $5,000 victim fine surcharge.
When engaging with personal information, consulting local privacy counsel is a must. Privacy legislation varies from province to province and failing to appreciate even slight differences can result in class action claims like in the Douez case. Facebook’s preliminary motion was rejected but the class action has yet to be certified. The opinions of the divided Court in Douez could be used to provide supporting arguments for both sides in a situation where the facts are just slightly different.