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Government suspends CASL private right of action, but fines can still be issued

By Peter Murphy On June 7, the federal government announced that it is suspending the implementation of the private right of action under  ... Read more

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Promoting marijuana under the proposed Cannabis Act

By Peter Murphy It's rare for an entirely new market to open for business in Canada. So it's no surprise the government's plan for legalizing recreational cannabis has ... Read more

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Cyber security is everybody’s business

Business leaders may fail to uphold their legal responsibilities if they don't take reasonable steps to prepare their companies for cyberattacks and information security ... Read more

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Watch out for anti-spam law when marketing on social media

Businesses should ensure their online marketing activities comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Law ( CASL ), says Toronto technology and business lawyer  Peter Murphy.   ... Read more

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Business case is critical for new tech legal investments

Toronto technology and business lawyer  Peter Murphy  admits many law firms could benefit from new information technologies, but he doesn’t advise ... Read more

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Companies must directly notify people affected by privacy breaches: watchdog

OTTAWA – Companies that lose personal customer data should be required to directly notify affected people — with limited exceptions — about the nature and date ... Read more

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Microsoft risks running afoul of anti-spam legislation

An aggressive campaign by Microsoft which forces Windows users to install Windows 10 could trigger a class-action suit or serious action under Canada's Anti-Spam ... Read more

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Old or forgotten emails increasingly pivotal in civil, criminal cases

Long-forgotten emails are growing in importance in civil as well as criminal matters, according to Toronto technology and business lawyer Peter Murphy . Decade-old ... Read more

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Failure to plan for your digital assets can have consequences

News that Apple demanded a Victoria widow obtain a court order in order to retrieve her dead husband's password is a good reminder to consider your digital assets when preparing ... Read more

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Email unsubscribe functions must be CASL compliant

News that Rogers Media Inc. was fined $200,000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is a warning that companies doing business in Canada must ... Read more

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Employee data tracking opens up a range of legal issues

While there may be considerable benefits from using personal data trackers on employees — including increased productivity and workplace satisfaction — employers ... Read more

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Have a breach response plan in place prior to new rules

Private sector organizations in Ontario should become familiar with the new mandatory breach-reporting requirements of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic ... Read more

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Ashley Madison facing multiple class-action suits

News that Ashley Madison is facing a national class-action lawsuit in Canada — and at least four others in the United States — highlights that businesses that operate ... Read more

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U.S. ruling has implications for Canadian tech firms

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has important implications for Canadian IT companies, Toronto patent lawyer Aaron Edgar writes in Lawyers Weekly . The decision in ... Read more

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The legal and ethical issues around leaving a firm

When counsel leaves a law firm, correspondence with clients must alert them to the change and provide them with the options, Toronto lawyer Anatoly Dvorkin tells Lawyers ... Read more

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Companies should document anti-spam compliance efforts

With Canada’s new anti-spam law coming into force next month, there is a huge discrepancy in how larger businesses and their smaller counterparts are approaching compliance, ... Read more

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Online piracy of sports broadcasts continues

Canada has long been a breeding ground for copyright infringement related to the piracy of telecasts of live sporting events, Toronto lawyer  Kevin Fisher ... Read more

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Tories kill off Internet surveillance bill

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has abandoned its controversial and much-maligned Internet surveillance bill, legislation it once claimed was crucial to stopping child ... Read more

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Conducting business online? Take note of anti-spam law

Anyone involved in commercial activities online should begin reviewing Canada's new anti-spam legislation and ensure their online activities are in compliance, Toronto ... Read more

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Education needed before entering the "cloud"

Companies engaging cloud-hosting services need to understand what the tradeoffs are in exchange for cost savings, Toronto copyright lawyer Mark Hayes says in a Financial Post ... Read more

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