So is the Online Streaming Act, aka Bill C-11, now technically S.C. 2023 c. 8 as of three days ago, as terrible as they say? Well let’s take an honest, clear-headed, unbiased read through this piece of crap and find out. Hey look at me, two timely blog posts in a row!
Topic Regulatory regime in Canada
Making it harder (and easier?) to sue for data breaches
In which we continue to explore important internet and privacy law developments from the “dark 9 months” period of this little corner of the internet. And in this post I tackle three court cases for the price of one, and talk about an important potential federal law and talk about an enacted provincial law! Talk about efficiency!
Internet + news + government = profit?
Hey-o! It’s your friendly neighbourhood internet law commenter, back after a flurry of year-end posts to his much more normal one post every 3 months schedule. But with the government proposing a “law” about the “internet” I guess I really need to write about that. Let’s get news-y!
Here’s a very important internet law development from 5 months ago!
Oh, hai! Remember me? I used to write about very important internet law developments on the internet. I still do it on occasion, but now I do it (/checks date) 5 months after they happen apparently. I also promised myself I would write at least 3 posts in 2021. It’s a low bar. I am running out of time. Let’s get to it!
OK OK, here’s your post about Bill C-11: what’s *not* in the Bill
So (/checks calendar) 4 weeks ago now, on November 17, the Federal Government (well the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) introduced Bill C-11, aka An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act and the Personal Information and Data Protection Tribunal Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, aka the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020. Yes it is all of those things. The biggest upgrade of Canadian privacy law ever! ANWAY, as I no longer have the excuse that I am busy teaching I better finally write about it. Oh crap, I just realized today at 3 P.M. my students’ final essays are due and I will have to start grading. Better get to this post!
Regulators are sick and tired of Facebook’s crap
I first used that image up there on this little legal blog back in 2011. It’s incredible how still useful it is. My Facebook tag of posts is pretty much the biggest font in that tag cloud somewhere over there on the right. But the last week has really been bad for Facebook. Even Canada is pissed! Oh wait, Facebook’s stock jumped 4% after a very good earnings quarter. Maybe not such a bad week after all.
This is… an editorial? A thought piece? Commentary? Anyway it’s some words about the Right to be Forgotten
Hello! Let’s try something new today – me talking out of my ass. Shut up, my other posts are not me talking out of my ass. They are a combination of me recapping an important court decision or newsworthy item AND me talking out of my ass. This post will just be that second part. Fun! But there is some context, lemme explain.
Can I interest you in listening to my voice for 9 minutes? What if I told you it was about weed?
So in the spirit of catching up on things from last year, here is an interview I did on CBC Homerun last, oh I dunno, October or something? I was reminded of it because today I am sitting on a panel discussing cannabis, hosted by McGill’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. There’s just no ending the pot discussions around here. Duuuude. With so many products like ice wreck on sale in Canada, there’s just so much to talk about. As expected, the use of cannabis for recreational purposes became legal across the country on 17 October 2018, under the Cannabis Act which “creates a legal and regulatory framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada”. This meant that Canada became the second nation (after Uruguay) to legalize the drug and it is now possible to purchase from sites like https://getkush.io/ and similar.
As expected, the use of cannabis for recreational purposes became legal across the country on 17 October 2018, under the Cannabis Act which “creates a legal and regulatory framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada”, according to a Government of Canada web site
So click below and have a listen! It’s actually a pretty interesting topic, about buying weed online and if your data is going to the U.S. and if you maybe should not do that as a result.
Privacy Commissioner heads to Federal Court for fun and determination of Google’s profits
Don’t worry, I don’t understand the headline either. But I’ll explain. There was a HUGE development in privacy / internet circles [/checks calendar] about 3 weeks ago, that will possibly have some HUGE implications for a lot of things. Am I being vague? Seems like it! OK, let’s figure this out.
CRTC would like to tax the sh*t out of the internet for more Beachcombers
Well maybe that’s a good thing? Sure, the two leads are no longer with us, but think of the revival opportunity. Beachcombers 2018! That idea is my copyright CBC, don’t steal it.
Surprise! Canada has had a Right To Be Forgotten all along!
Oh Office of the Privacy Commissioner you scamp! Look what you’ve gone and done now.
Clearly Unconstitutional Anti-Spam Law Declared Constitutional
I’ve got some catching up to do in my posts. I’m on fire now! Three in two weeks! (-ish).