Digital privacy law is being updated for the first time in decades, and it’s imperative we get it right

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Canadian legislators in the House of Commons recently introduced Bill C-11 to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act. Bill C-11 embodies the principles of Canada’s Digital Charter, which envisions the internet as a tool for both innovation and the public good.  Over the past year, Canadians — just like much of the world — have increasingly lived… Read more »

Ottawa to impose ‘fair share’ of tax on digital giants including Netflix, Amazon and Airbnb

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That Netflix tax is coming after all. The federal government is taking aim at digital giants including Netflix, Amazon and Airbnb, insisting they pay HST or GST on sales to Canadian consumers, a move that experts warn could raise prices. Everything from app-store purchases to streaming subscriptions to items purchased on Amazon could be hit under the… Read more »

Trump will be gone. But Canada might not have a freer hand to regulate multinational internet giants under President Joe Biden

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Navdeep Bains chooses his words carefully when asked what a Biden administration could mean for Canada’s approach to big tech regulation. Surely Canada would have a freer hand under President Joe Biden to regulate and tax multinational internet giants, without Donald Trump threatening trade sanctions and tariffs? “I would say there’s a broader understanding that protectionism… Read more »

Canadian professor’s website helps Russia spread disinformation, says U.S. State Department

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As U.S. authorities guard against dirty tricks from foreign adversaries in the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election, an unlikely source has come under new scrutiny as a major conduit of Russian-linked disinformation: a Montreal-based website run by a retired University of Ottawa professor. The platform, Global Research, features a Canadian domain name and offers an ever-expanding… Read more »

Coronavirus crisis highlights internet access inequality across Saskatchewan

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Barb Stamatinos had been on a waiting list for four years to get internet access when the Covid-19 pandemic hit.    Stamatinos is an administrator with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and she is wondering why her family has had to install essential technology on their Jedburgh, Sask., area farm northwest of Yorkton, at their own cost… Read more »

Telcos say new anti-spoofing technology won’t fully roll out this year

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Canada’s big phone companies warned MPs on a parliamentary committee Tuesday their networks aren’t yet ready to implement new anti-spoofing technology to guard against fake calls — and many existing landline phones and cellphones will need to be upgraded in order for the technology to be effective. Representatives from Bell, Rogers and Telus appeared Tuesday before… Read more »

Privacy watchdogs to probe Clearview AI’s facial-recognition technology

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The federal privacy watchdog and three of his provincial counterparts will jointly investigate Canadian use of facial-recognition technology supplied by U.S. firm Clearview AI. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he will be joined in the probe by ombudsmen from British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. The investigation follows media reports that raised concerns about whether the… Read more »