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Gmail Plans to Allow Google Plus Users to Send Anyone an Email

Gmail Plans to Allow Google Plus Users to Send Anyone an Email | Legislation | Scoop.it
A change to Gmail that would allow people to use Google Plus to send emails even if they do not know the recipient's email address provoked criticism from people who said they did not want their inboxes accessible by default.
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Time for a New Plan: With Government's Wireless Strategy in Tatters, Regulation May Be Only Option

The federal government's spectrum auction starts today with its wireless strategy in tatters.
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The TPP and Privacy: What Are the Implications of the E-commerce Chapter?

While much of the attention on the Trans Pacific Partnership has focused
on the intellectual property chapter, the e-commerce chapter raises
potentially significant privacy implications.
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Proposed U.S. Ambassador to Canada Pledges More Pressure on Intellectual Property

During the years of debate over Canadian copyright reform, I frequently
argued that caving to U.S. demands on issues such as digital locks would
not relieve the pressure but rather invite more of the same.
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What Will Canada's Anti-Spam Law Mean for Users and Businesses?

Long before sites such as Youtube and Twitter were even created, the
Canadian government established a national task force to examine
concerns associated with spam and spyware.
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Govt Promises Domestic Wireless Roaming Regulation: Can Wholesale Price Regulation Be Far Behind?

Industry Minister James Moore yesterday took another step toward improving the state of wireless competition in Canada by announcing
plans to cap wholesale domestic roaming fees at the same rates the
companies charge their own customers.
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Supreme Court of Canada Emphasizes Balance in Determining Copyright Scope of Protection

The Supreme Court of Canada issued another copyright decision
this morning, ruling in favour of Claude Robinson in a longstanding
copyright infringement battle over a children's television series.
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Technology and the Law in 2014: 14 Questions in Need of Answers

The coming year is likely to be a very significant one for law and
technology.
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The Great Canadian Personal Data Grab

The Royal Bank of Canada updated its mobile
application for Android users earlier this month. Like many
banking apps, the RBC version allows users to view account balances,
pay bills, and find bank branches from their smartphone.
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Legislative Summary Published for C-56, An Act to amend the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

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BCCLA Files Lawsuit Over CSEC Surveillance

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has filed a lawsuit
against the Communications Security Establishment Canada over its
surveillance practices, which it argues are unconstitutional.
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Canada May Be Nearing the Open Access "Tipping Point"

The power of the Internet to shake up well-established industries has
become a common theme in recent years as many businesses struggle to
compete with new entrants and technologies.
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Notes from an Accidental Advocate for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA)

Notes from an Accidental Advocate for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) | Legislation | Scoop.it
by Susan Nevelow Mart
By way of introduction, you might wonder: what is the Uniform Electronic
Legal Material Act (UELMA)?
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F.C.C. Chairman Adds More Ambiguity to His Position on Network Neutrality

F.C.C. Chairman Adds More Ambiguity to His Position on Network Neutrality | Legislation | Scoop.it
In a blog post on the Federal Communication Commission's website, Tom Wheeler sought to calm the nerves of both backers of Internet regulation and the people fighting against it.
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ISPs Push For Two-Tier Internet Based on Data Caps

Net neutrality has been one of the defining Internet policy issues of
the past decade.
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The Privacy Threats in Bill C-13, Part Two: The Low Threshold for Metadata

My first post on the privacy threats in Bill C-13
focused on the voluntary disclosure of personal information and the
complete civil and criminal immunity granted to intermediaries such as
ISPs and telecom companies that provide such disclosures.
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Fair Dealing’s Halls of Fame and Shame – 2013 Holiday Edition

Fair Dealing’s Halls of Fame and Shame – 2013 Holiday Edition | Legislation | Scoop.it
On May 15, 2012 the University of British Columbia announced that it would not sign a license agreement with Access Copyright, and immediately was inducted into Canada’s Fair Dealing Hall of Fame.
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The Case For Cancelling Canada's Simultaneous Substitution Rules

The government's promise to implement a "pick-and-pay" television model
that would allow consumers to subscribe to individual channels from
cable and satellite providers garnered significant attention this fall.
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Copyright Collectives Gone Mad: How the ERCC Spent Dollars to Earn Pennies

Howard Knopf points to an interesting Copyright Board of Canada decision that provides a instructive lesson in how copyright collectives fail.
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The Letters of the Law: The Year in Tech Law and Policy

With Edward Snowden and the great wireless war of 2013 leading the
way, law and technology issues garnered headlines all year long.
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The Great Canadian Personal Data Grab Continues: Bell Expands Its Consumer Monitoring and Profiling

Last week, I wrote about the Great
Canadian personal data grab, focusing on the expansive data
collection habits of RBC (with its Android app) and Aeroplan (with
its collection of all credit card transaction data).
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C-461, Committee Report Presented in the House of Commons

C-461, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information)
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Bell Claims Users Want to Be Monitored, Profiled and Tracked

The reports that Bell is updating its privacy policy to allow for the use of a wide range of personal data collected from Internet and mobile phone usage has generated enormous public concern, an investigation from the Privacy Commissioner of...
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C-475, Debate at Second Reading in the House of Commons

C-475, An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (order-making power)
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The Copyright Pentalogy Book: An Open Access Success Story

Readers of this blog will know that earlier this year the University of Ottawa Press published The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law, an effort by many of ...
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