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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Nova Scotia introduces new Cyber-bullying Legislation

Posted in Defamation, Social Media

On October 5, 2017, the Nova Scotia Legislature introduced Bill No. 27, the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act (the “Cyber-protection Act”, or the “Act”).  The Act comes as Nova Scotia’s previous cyber-bullying legislation, the Cyber-safety Act (“CSA”), was struck down in 2015 by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on constitutional challenge.

The Cyber-protection Act, like the CSA, is notable for making Nova Scotia the first Canadian province to formalize and adopt cyber-bullying legislation. Similar to its predecessor, the Act proposes to create civil remedies to deter, prevent, and respond to the harms … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Policy Working Group Releases Future of RegTech Report

Posted in Fintech, Regulatory Compliance

The Transatlantic Policy Working Group (“TPWG”), an organization set up by Innovate Finance and some of its partners and which is dedicated to Fintech policy discussion between the United States and United Kingdom, recently published a report entitled The Future of RegTech for Regulators (the “TPWG Report”).  RegTech refers to the use of technology to facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements via  improved data analytics, reporting, and information governance (please see our previous blog posts on RegTech here and here). These technologies have the potential to help business increase accuracy of their reporting and compliance programs … Continue Reading

B.C. Securities Commission Announces First Registration of Investment Fund Manager Dedicated to Cryptocurrency Investments

Posted in Fintech, Regulatory Compliance

On September 6, 2017, the British Columbia Securities Commission (“BCSC”) announced the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada dedicated solely to cryptocurrency investments. First Block Capital Inc. (“First Block Capital”), which will operate a bitcoin investment fund, was registered as an investment fund manager and exempt market dealer. The company is also registered in Ontario, with the BCSC being its principal regulator.… Continue Reading