Communicating privacy practices to users of mobile apps can be challenging, especially given small screen sizes and the difficulty of capturing app user attention. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has acknowledged these challenges and, in September 2014, published Ten Tips for Communicating Privacy Practices to Your App’s Users.
These tips were provided in connection with the findings of the second annual Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) Privacy Sweep, which the OPC participated in along with twenty-five other privacy enforcement authorities from around the world.
The GPEN Privacy Sweep assessed 1,211 apps with a focus on … Continue Reading
In my blog dated October 17, 2014, titled, “Impending Lapse of PIPA Creates Uncertainty”, I explored the consequences of PIPA being struck had the Alberta government failed to amend PIPA to comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom (the “Charter”) and meet the November 15, 2014 deadline.
Since my October 17, 2014 blog, I have had the opportunity to meet Jill Clayton, the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner. In my discussion with Jill Clayton, she advised me that, on October 31, 2014, the Alberta government was granted a 6 month extension to amend PIPA and ensure compliance. … Continue Reading
On November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Alberta Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62 (“United Food”), and despite a one-year stay to allow for necessary amendments, delay on the part of the Alberta government has caused PIPA’s lapse to become an inevitability.
The SCC found that sections of PIPA violated the right to freedom of expression enshrined in s. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”). Further, the SCC found … Continue Reading