Recent Insights

Common General Knowledge May be Found in a Patent’s Specification Common General Knowledge May be Found in a Patent’s Specification

Patent
September 4, 2019September 4, 20192019-09-04
The Federal Court recently dismissed two appeals brought by Corning Cable Systems LLC (Corning) holding that the Commissioner of Patents’ decision to refuse Corning’s patent applications on the grounds of obviousness was reasonable.  The patent applications relate to cable boxes, or “Local Convergence Points” (“LCPs”) that allow for smaller LCPs.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/common-general-knowledge-may-be-found-a-patent%E2%80%99s-specification

CyberSecure Canada: Standardized Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Enterprises CyberSecure Canada: Standardized Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Enterprises

Privacy
September 4, 2019September 4, 20192019-09-04
On August 12, 2019, the Canadian federal government announced CyberSecure Canada, a voluntary certification program which aims to raise the cyber security baseline among small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs that prove that they meet certain minimum standards will be entitled to use the CyberSecure certification mark on websites and promotional material attesting that they have met the standard.  Although CyberSecure Canada is directed at Canadian SMEs (up to 499 employees), all organizations are eligible to apply for certification.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/cybersecure-canada-standardized-cybersecurity-for-small-and-medium-enterprises

Ontario Cannabis Store Reported to Sell Postal Code-Based Customer Information to Licensed Producers Ontario Cannabis Store Reported to Sell Postal Code-Based Customer Information to Licensed Producers

Privacy
September 4, 2019September 4, 20192019-09-04
On August 30, 2019, Global News reported that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) sells postal code-based data relating to online customer purchases through its Sale of Data program.  OCS’s privacy policy explicitly states that the company will not share or sell customer information to third parties.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/ontario-cannabis-store-reported-to-sell-postalcode-based-customer-information-to-licensed

Northwest Territories’ Government Faces Lawsuit over Health Privacy Breaches Northwest Territories’ Government Faces Lawsuit over Health Privacy Breaches

Privacy
September 4, 2019September 4, 20192019-09-04
Three law firms are filing a lawsuit against the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), holding the government liable for various health privacy breaches that have occurred over the past decade. The suit will take the form of a representative action.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/northwest-territories%E2%80%99-government-faces-lawsuit-over-health-privacy-breaches

Facebook’s Manual Transcription of Audio Clips Leads to Investigation by EU Regulator Yet Again Facebook’s Manual Transcription of Audio Clips Leads to Investigation by EU Regulator Yet Again

Privacy
September 4, 2019September 4, 20192019-09-04
Facebook Inc. (Facebook) once again finds itself in hot water over its privacy practices in Europe, this time in relation to how it handled data during the manual transcription of users’ audio recordings. 
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/facebook%E2%80%99s-manual-transcription-of-audio-clips-leads-to-investigation-by-eu-regulator-yet

OPC Signs Joint Statement on Global Privacy Expectations of Facebook’s Libra Network OPC Signs Joint Statement on Global Privacy Expectations of Facebook’s Libra Network

Privacy
August 21, 2019August 21, 20192019-08-21
On August 5, 2019, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) signed a Joint Statement with other global privacy commissioners outlining the global privacy expectations of any future Libra, Facebook Inc.’s (“Facebook”) digital currency, digital wallet providers. The signatories of the statement included privacy representatives from seven different jurisdictions.
Deeth Williams Wall https://www.dww.com/articles/opc-signs-joint-statement-on-global-privacy-expectations-of-facebook%E2%80%99s-libra-network

Events

May 17, 2019

Richard Austin will be moderating a panel titled “AI on the Case: The Legal and Ethical Issues of Using AI-powered Investigatory Tools for Criminal and Civil Matters” at ITECHLAW’s 2019 World Technology Law Conference in Boston.  The conference runs from May 15 to 17 and the conference agenda is available here.  

May 16, 2019

Data breaches are a constant threat in today’s digital world. The question is when, not if, your client is targeted. An organization’s true measure of resiliency from a cybersecurity attack is an effective response that limits unexpected variables. You have a crucial role to play in preparations.

October 30, 2018

Jennifer Davidson will be moderating a panel on Women in Technology at CAN-TECH's 22nd Annual Conference in Montreal on October 30th, 2018.

The conference brochure is available here.