Recent Canadian Privacy Legislation and Caselaw: The Practical Effects for Police Services

Canadian Institute’s Annual Forum on The Law of Policing

  • R.v. Spencer — the Supreme Court of Canada on privacy, internet anonymity, and cell phone searches
    • A discussion of the positive and negative effects of this recent decision on investigations
    • Best practices following the Spencer decision
  • Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act:
    • The scope of the new offense of non-consensual distribution of intimate images
    • New investigative powers and procedures under this legislation
    • How these powers and procedures are being implemented
    • The “on the ground effect” of this legislation on police activities
    • Positive and negative implications of this new legislation
  • Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act 2015:
    • An overview of the expanded means of information sharing among agencies, and other increased capabilities under this legislation
    • Potential implications on privacy
    • A discussion on the basis of Charter challenges to Bill C-51
    • A review of the status of Charter challenges to Bill C-51,
      if known, at the time of the program
  • British Columbia’s Bill 3- 2014 Missing Persons Act:
    • Privacy issues raised by this legislation
    • The operational impact of this new Act
  • Recent amendments to PIPEDA: new powers of information sharing by retailers

See details at The Canadian Institute


In Committee from the Senate of Canada: National Defence | CPAC

Refugee lawyers and civil liberties groups testify as part of the committee’s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency. The witnesses speaking during this committee were Julie Taub, immigration and refugee lawyer, Lorne Waldman, president of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Josh Paterson, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Sukanya Pillay, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Martin Collacott, former ambassador and spokesperson for the Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. The witnesses discuss areas of concern and present recommendations for the CBSA. (March 31, 2014)

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Teach-in on University e-Services Outsourcing to U.S. Corporations – Part 1

The extraordinary scope and intensity of NSA surveillance programs have governments and enterprises around the world scrambling to reduce their exposure to rampant state surveillance. Canadian universities’ growing outsourcing of their e-services, particularly to US corporations, have put them on the frontline of the debate on how to respond to the recent Snowden revelations. Outsourcing of email, calendaring, data sharing and other communications services promises improved functionality and enhanced collaboration features while saving costs. However, it brings new surveillance risks, especially when contracting with companies involved with the NSA’s PRISM program, such as Microsoft and Google.

This teach-in aims to help affected users, and Canadians more generally, understand the issues at stake as well as contribute to better-informed decisions around university e-service outsourcing. The one-day event seeks to bring together privacy, security, surveillance and outsourcing experts with representatives of various stakeholders in an open and stimulating exchange of views.

The timing and focus of this teach-in is occasioned by the University of Toronto’s proposed outsourcing of staff and faculty email (UTORmail) to Microsoft. With the official consultation process nearly completed, a decision on the proposal is expected in the coming weeks.

Watch the full video on YouTube