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 […]

NL’s Statutory Review of the Access to Information and Protection...

On 9 June 2021 the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador released Statutory Review 2020 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 (ATIPPA). The Review recommends changes to provisions to ATIPPA that will be of interest to business entities engaged with public bodies in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Review, conducted by former […]

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 […]

Hands Off: Appeal Court Decision Strikes Border Agents’ Warrantless Device...

Travelers crossing into Canada must provide their device passwords for Border Security Officers upon request in order to facilitate searches. This creates significant privacy implications for all travelers but lawyers, in particular, should be aware of the scope of the Canadian Border Services Agency’s searching authority, which could impact their duty of confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege.

The Use of Wearable Technology Among Athletes and its Potential...

Professional sport has officially arrived in Halifax. The Halifax Hurricanes have been competing in the National Basketball League of Canada since late-2015; the HFX Wanderers almost won the Canadian Premier League in its second season; rumours of a Canadian Football League team coming to Halifax continue to swirl[1]; and the Halifax Thunderbirds were at the […]

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.

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.

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the Workplace

As global concerns are on the rise, and in light of yesterday’s news of the first presumptive case of Coronavirus in Atlantic Canada, employers in this region should consider how to respond if the Coronavirus presents within the workplace. What is Coronavirus? COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, is a virus which may cause symptoms […]

New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in New Brunswick: Addressing...

New Brunswick has introduced new regulations under the General Regulations – Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”) aimed at identifying and preventing workplace violence and harassment (the “New Regulations”). The New Regulations will take effect April 1, 2019. The New Regulations have been introduced to address problematic workplace conduct, including bullying, physical violence, verbal abuse, […]