Author: Barry Sookman

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-16Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-16



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-09Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-09



Top legal developments in e-commerce, privacy and intellectual propertyTop legal developments in e-commerce, privacy and intellectual property



Despite COVID-19, 2020 was an eventful year, chock full of impactful legal developments in e-commerce, technology, privacy, anti-spam, and intellectual property law. Here is a summary of my picks for the top legal developments.

e-commerce

Standard form online agreements and unconscionability

Online and in-App agreements are typically presented to users as “standard form”, “take it or leave it”, “boiler plate” forms. Most common are some variation of a “click-wrap”, “sign-in wrap”, or “browsewrap” agreement. They are used pervasively on websites and on Apps, among other locations.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-02Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2021-01-02



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-26Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-26



Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-19Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-19



Business Growth and Trade in Intangibles – Digital Trade, Data Governance, Intellectual PropertyBusiness Growth and Trade in Intangibles – Digital Trade, Data Governance, Intellectual Property



I had the pleasure of participating in a virtual roundtable earlier today hosted by The Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), an independent, non-partisan think tank. It was organized at the request of Minister Mary Ng, the Federal Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and moderated by Rohinton Medhora, CIGI’s President.

The roundtable had three main topics:

1. Digital trade: Covid-19 economic recovery and Canadian businesses

2. Data governance: balancing privacy, security and economic opportunities

3. Fostering competitiveness: innovation and IP strategy

Following opening remarks from Minister Ng (who demonstrated a good understanding of our digital challenges and pressed attendees for their insights on how to solve them), I was asked to provide brief opening comments on topic 2.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-12Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-12



CPPA: identifying the inscrutable meaning and policy behind the de-identifying provisionsCPPA: identifying the inscrutable meaning and policy behind the de-identifying provisions



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 a prior post, CPPA: transfers of personal information to service providers, I examined the new provisions dealing with transfers of personal information to service providers.

In this post I examine the significant proposed changes to the law as they relate to personal information that has been “de-identified”.

Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-05Computer and Internet Weekly Updates for 2020-12-05