Op-ed: Canadian privacy laws need to cover political parties

(Oct 19, 2018) The Telegram editorial board released a piece calling for Canadian privacy laws to be revamped to cover political parties. The editorial board writes it is unacceptable for political parties to continue to be exempt from federal privacy laws, citing the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's calls for a fix to the problem. While Bill C-76 requires political parties to produce privacy policies, it is far from a solution. "But that’s about it — imagine, after all of the mess involved with ... Read More

Should robots have rights?

(Oct 18, 2018) California recently passed Senate Bill 1001, which bars companies and people from using bots that intentionally mislead those they are talking to into thinking they are human.  Putting aside the  social and legal merits of this law, Bill 1001 implicates a hitherto-abstract, philosophical debate about when a simulation of intelligence crosses the line into sentience and becomes a true AI. Depending upon where you draw the line, this law is either discrimination against another form of sentient l... Read More

Op-ed: Data localization laws in India could lead to more surveillance

(Oct 18, 2018) In an op-ed for BloombergQuint, Pranesh Prakash writes why data localization laws in India could lead to increased surveillance from the government and law enforcement. Prakash writes the benefits from data localization have not proven to be explicitly useful in countries that have enacted the rules, such as China, nor have their absence been harmful for countries that do not have any limits in place, such as the U.S. "Given this, the recent spate of data localisation policies and regulation can... Read More

Perspective: The periodic table of data privacy

(Oct 16, 2018) The speed at which data privacy is spreading and evolving around the world is undeniable. It is "rapidly reaching more and more countries, industries and legislative bodies," but, at the same time, "it remains an incredibly fluid and confusing area," Calligo Director of Privacy Services Sophie Chase-Borthwick writes. To help flesh out some of the building blocks of data privacy, Chase-Borthwick, in this post for Privacy Perspectives, describes how she and her team have built their "periodic tabl... Read More

Op-ed: How the 'internet of bodies' could be perilous

(Oct 16, 2018) In a column for The Washington Post, Mary Lee, a mathematician for the RAND Corporation, warns that "the line between human and machine is blurring — and creating new concerns about consumer safety and privacy rights." This wave of new health care technology will essentially connect the human body to the internet. She notes, "If retroactive privacy laws for the internet have taught us anything, we should consider establishing rules to govern the legal, privacy and ethical issues that are already... Read More

Op-ed: How the internet will split in three

(Oct 16, 2018) The New York Times Editorial Board responds to recent comments made by Eric Schmidt, former Google chief executive and Alphabet chairman. Looking ahead in the next 10 to 15 years, Schmidt predicts the internet will split in two: one led by China; the other by the U.S. The board, however, says "he too quickly dismisses the European internet that is coalescing around the European Union's ever-heightening regulation of technology platforms." The column notes, "all three spheres — Europe, America an... Read More

One way to solve the U.S. privacy law dilemma: An opt-in privacy law

(Oct 12, 2018) The need for a comprehensive U.S. privacy law continues to grow, but the politics, procedures and policies of privacy are too complex to move legislation through the Congress. Here’s a summary of why it’s so hard, followed by a new idea. The business community is split. Some multinationals might support a comprehensive privacy law that meets EU standards. Some domestic companies want a weak preemptive federal law that stops states like California from imposing meaningful privacy rules (the so-c... Read More

Perspective: How an opt-in privacy law could solve the US legislative dilemma

(Oct 12, 2018) No doubt, potential for a U.S. privacy law has gained momentum in recent months, but, as Robert Gellman points out, "the politics, procedures and policies of privacy are too complex to move legislation through the Congress." He notes that the "business community is split," and that the "consumer, privacy and civil rights advocacy communities share broadly similar goals for a privacy law, but it is far from clear whether their cohesiveness would continue when it comes time for compromise." In thi... Read More

Perspective: How did Canada fare on privacy in the USMCA?

(Oct 12, 2018) Since Canada, Mexico and the U.S. updated their trade agreement, several Canadian commentators have raised concerns about some of its data localization and privacy provisions. But is the privacy sky falling? "Certainly, it would be wrong to dismiss the concerns of advocates for data localization," writes nNovation Partner Timothy Banks, CIPP/C, CIPM, CIPT. "There are very good reasons to require data about Canadians to remain in Canada." In this post for Privacy Perspectives, Banks takes a step ... Read More

How did Canada fare on privacy in the USMCA?

(Oct 12, 2018) Canadian commentators have raised alarm over provisions relating to data localization and privacy in the United States Mexico Canada Agreement on international trade. The Washington Post dramatically announced that “Experts say USMCA frees Canadian data – but with unknown risks,” while Prof. Teresa Scassa authored an opinion piece for MacLean’s Magazine titled, “The USMCA locks Canada in on digital trade – and at a worrying time.” Ensuring that Canada would not enact additional data localizatio... Read More