Fall Update: Symposium, Advocacy, Webinars and More!

  • September 09, 2022

Welcome New Executive!

The Privacy and Access Law Section welcomes the new Executive for the 2022-2023 CBA year! In addition to our Officers and Branch Chairs, we welcome 9 new and returning Members-at-Large.

Access to Information and Privacy Law Online Symposium October 21, October 28, and November 4

Our Access to Information and Privacy Law Online Symposium is back! The virtual Symposium will take place over three days on October 21, 28 and November 4, from 11 am to 4:30 pm ET. Catch up on new developments and learn what you need to know about emerging trends and issues, important regulatory and court decisions, and legislative reform. Our popular International Update, Canadian Update and Regulators Perspective sessions are all returning and are not to be missed. Register today to secure your spot!

Student Essay Contest Winner!

The Section is pleased to announce the winner of our 2022 Privacy and Access Law Student Essay Competition. Congratulations to Ademola Adeyoju from the University of Saskatchewan, for his paper titled “Privacy Dark Patterns: A Case for Regulatory Reform in Canada”.

The winner will be recognized during the CBA Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium.

Latest Section Activity

Congratulations to the new federal Privacy Commissioner, Philippe Dufresne, who began his term on June 27, 2022. The Section is meeting with the Commissioner and looks forward to future collaboration on important privacy and access issues. You can find news about the OPC’s latest activities here.

In June 2022, the Section made joint submissions on amendments to the Customs Act and Preclearance Act, dealing with privacy in personal electronic devices at the border. The submissions were made in collaboration with the Immigration Law Section, Criminal Justice Section, Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section, and the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Subcommittee.

The Section also struck a Sub-Committee who is working on submissions in response to Bill C-27, which was tabled by the federal government in June 2022. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to this submission.

Professional Development

The privacy and class action landscape is evolving quickly! If you missed our June 21, 2022 Law Series webinar on “What’s ‘trending’ in Canadian Privacy Law & Privacy Litigation”, you can still register to access the recording.

Wondering about the “latest and greatest” on federal and provincial access to information laws? Check out the upcoming “Access to Information in the Digital Age” Law Series webinar on September 22, 2022 at 12 pm to 1:30 pm ET. There is still time to register!

Member Articles

Is there a way to address the conflict between maximizing the utility of e-commerce and networking websites, while at the same time protecting the privacy of internet users? Check out this article by Caroline Ross on “The Privacy Paradox” to learn more about how the solution may lie in creating a normative shift in the way privacy is operationalized.

Got an idea for an article? Members interested in posting articles are encouraged to send them to the Section.

Yours truly,
Caroline Deschênes, Chair