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July 26, 2021

Too Big to Fail: Recent Cybersecurity Incidents Highlight Critical Infrastructure...

Click here to view PDF version. As the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout continues to challenge health care systems, supply chains, and essential services around the world, the growing cybersecurity threat of ransomware must be addressed by policy makers given its potential impact on already strained critical infrastructure networks. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a […]

June 25, 2021

More than Just a Stamp: Proposed Vaccine Passports Raise Privacy...

Click here to view PDF version. As the number of Canadians receiving COVID-19 vaccines continues to rise, vaccine passports are now sparking discussion as a means to return to “normal”.  However, privacy commissioners and ombudspersons across Canada have stressed that these proposed tools raise a host of privacy and data security concerns, many of which […]

Safe House? How Smart Home Devices Pose Digital Security Risks

Our increased focus on online connectivity has also created new cybersecurity risks regarding the unauthorized access and use of sensitive information. These threats are heightened by the fact that many Canadians were already vulnerable before the pandemic given their use of smart home devices.

Privacy Gets Pricey: Rising GDPR Fines and the Risks Facing...

Canadian companies doing business with partners based in the EU – and where personal data collection, use and/or disclosure could take place – cannot lose sight of the impact the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may have on their operations, especially when it comes to the cost of non-compliance.

National COVID-19 App Available in Nova Scotia; Potential for Public...

Nova Scotia recently became the eighth province to onboard the federal government’s COVID-19 exposure notification application. Public health officials believe that if it is widely used across Canada, COVID Alert has the potential to provide an efficient way of tracing the virus. However, the introduction of this tracking technology into the national COVID-19 response presents new privacy issues for Canadians to consider.

August 4, 2020

Canada’s valuable COVID-19 research vulnerable to Russian, Chinese hacks

In late March, Canada’s Communications Security Establishment warned researchers across the country to secure their COVID-19 data because “sophisticated threat actors” were exploiting the chaos of the pandemic in an effort to steal critical vaccine research. However, there has been little to no discussion beyond the CSE’s repeated warnings as to just what is being done to protect the important work of our local health and science experts.

Client Alert: Remote Work, Data Breaches and Cybersecurity Considerations during...

Ransomware and phishing attacks are on the rise, as are the significant legal and economic considerations that follow. As businesses adapt to the “new normal” of extreme uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees are faced with the prospect of working remotely in a variety of new (and sometimes less-than-secure) environments. Cybercriminals have taken notice.

Canada’s new data breach notification rules: What you need to...

All businesses, big and small, need to be ready for Canada’s new mandatory data breach notification rules under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”).

A New Realm: Cyberspace, Cyber Liability and Cyber Liability Insurance

For any business today, the reality of day-to-day functioning and management involves mass-communication, networking, marketing, and the organization of important confidential information on secured computer networks.

Locked Out and Out-of-Luck: The Impact of Ransomware on SMEs

Recent high-profile data breaches have emphasized the importance of protecting client, company, and personal information by governments and businesses.