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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
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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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A Festivus Miracle: Industry Minister James Moore Hosts Roundtable on Anti-Spam Law

For the past two years, I have been describing
the government's long-missing digital economy strategy as the Penske
File, a Seinfeld reference to a non-existent work project.
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Canada Complicit in Undermining Internet Privacy

As the tidal wave of disclosures on widespread U.S. surveillance
continues - there is now little doubt that the U.S.
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How Canada Can Put Digital Consumers First

Reports over the past week have indicated that the government plans
to unveil a "consumer first" agenda for its upcoming Speech from the
Throne.
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The Economist on Canadian Copyright Law

The Economist on Canadian Copyright Law | Legislation | Scoop.it

The Economist focuses on new copyright rules for the digital age, rightly pointing to Bill C-11 as "setting a new standard of permissiveness" (though it neglects to mention the restrictive digital lock rules).

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Blame Canada!

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Earlier this month I suspected that the US copyright lobby might soon mount a new attack on Canada’s copyright law. It turns out that the attack had begun that very same day. Here’s the written testimony of the IIPA from Sept.
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Posner on Copyright: Restrictive Fair Use a Risk To Creativity

Posner on Copyright: Restrictive Fair Use a Risk To Creativity | Legislation | Scoop.it

Judge Richard Posner, one of the best regarded judges in the world, has a blog post in which he expresses concern about the potential for patent and copyright law to restrict competition and creativity.

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Information Commissioner Launches Consultation on Access to Information

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The Information Commissioner of Canada has launched a public consultation on access-to-information legislation.

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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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Daily Report: Pandora Wins Court Victory Over Licenses to Stream Music

Daily Report: Pandora Wins Court Victory Over Licenses to Stream Music | Legislation | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ruled that the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers cannot prevent Pandora Media from licensing all the songs in its catalog.
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Decoding the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Free Speech Implications

Earlier this week, I joined Jesse Brown for an online discussion on the
Trans Pacific Partnership.
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Back to the Drawing Board: What Wireless Policies Might the Government Now "Aggressively ...

Industry Canada released the names of the bidders
for its forthcoming spectrum auction yesterday with the disappointing
news that no major new entrants will be using the auction to enter the
Canadian market.
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Daily Report: Scrutiny of Google's Smartphone Patents Widens

Daily Report: Scrutiny of Google's Smartphone Patents Widens | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Google's policies around licensing certain patents and suing other companies that it claims infringe on them.
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The Nexus of Copyright and Intellectual Privacy

The Nexus of Copyright and Intellectual Privacy | Legislation | Scoop.it

Alex Cameron, a lawyer with Faskens, recently obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Ottawa (I served on the examination panel at his defence).

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Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value

Educational Fair Dealing Policy Shows Why the Access Copyright Licence Provides Little Value | Legislation | Scoop.it

Last month, I reported that Association of Canadian Community Colleges had received a legal
opinion concluding that the Access Copyright model licence had "little value" for educational institutions.

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Privacy Commissioner Should Disclose the Identities of Privacy “Leakersâ€

Privacy Commissioner Should Disclose the Identities of Privacy “Leakers†| Legislation | Scoop.it

Last week, Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart released the results of a disturbing
new study conducted by her office that found many leading websites "leaking" personal information.

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