Three pages to storm the CASL

  • November 15, 2017

There’s more wrong with Canada’s Anti-Spam Law than can be dealt with in a three-page submission. So it is problematic that the House of Commons Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has limited the statutory review of the law in both time and space, three CBA Sections say in their submission.

Once more unto the breach regulations

  • October 30, 2017

Sometimes it is better – or more feasible – to notify individuals affected by a data breach indirectly. The Sections suggest amending the draft regulations to allow this when the contact information is “likely” to be out of date (the draft regulations say “is” out of date), or when the cost of directly notifying each individual in the affected group would be prohibitive to the organization.

Tax laws’ terrible toos: Changes too complex, consultation too short

  • October 18, 2017

On July 18 the federal government quietly dropped a bombshell whose concussive effects included debate, discussion and much division – more of each than the government might have anticipated with a consultation paper aimed at “tax fairness” issued in the middle of a rainy Canadian summer.

Privacy at the border: Is a smartphone more like a letter or a briefcase?

  • October 18, 2017

The post-9/11 emphasis on the need for security has exacerbated the difficulty of balancing the individual right of privacy with the state’s right to know, especially at border crossings. And more and more the fulcrum those two balance upon is the personal electronic device, be it a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.