Author: Barry Sookman

CPPA: transfers of personal information to service providersCPPA: transfers of personal information to service providers



The Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) will make substantial changes to Canada’s privacy law. As noted previously, the bill includes many of the provisions in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), plus a lot more. In some cases, it builds on the provisions of PIPEDA, on the guidance and decisions of the Commissioner, but includes changes designed either to clarify or change the law. A case in point are the very important new provisions which address transfers of personal information to service providers.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-21Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-21



Canada’s Digital Charter privacy lawCanada’s Digital Charter privacy law



Personal data is the new oil. Yet, the commoditization and uses of personal data in innovative and other ways often collides with the individual and public interest in observing reasonable expectations of privacy. Privacy has been at the crossroads in Canada; our existing privacy law is over 20 years old –  in digital terms – over 140 years old. After much consultation the government introduced a new bill to catch us up with the somewhat long name An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-14Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-14



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-07Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-11-07



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-31Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-31



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-24Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-24



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-17Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-17



PIPEDA by the numbers: lessons for privacy law reform in Canada?PIPEDA by the numbers: lessons for privacy law reform in Canada?



The Federal Privacy Commissioner (OPC) just released the 2019-2020 Annual Report to Parliament on the Privacy Act and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). In the report the OPC repeated the plea for reform of PIPEDA arguing that PIPEDA “is outdated and does not sufficiently deal with the digital environment to ensure appropriate regulation of new technologies.” The report also proposed major new remedial powers for the OPC. Interestingly, however, statistical data in the Annual Report illustrates how well PIPEDA appears to be working despite the lack of these remedial powers.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-10Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-10-10