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Privacy
Given that we are in the middle of a pandemic, it is easy to miss the amendments to Ontario‚Äôs Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) that were part of the omnibus Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020 (Bill 188) which whipped through the legislature and received Royal Assent on March 25, 2020. There is much that is interesting in these amendments. The government is…

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 09:17

Private sector data, privacy and the pandemic

Written by Teresa Scassa
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked considerable debate and discussion about the role of data in managing the crisis. Much of the discussion has centred around personal data, and in these discussions the balance between privacy rights and the broader public interest is often a focus of debate. Invoking the general ratcheting up of surveillance after 9-11, privacy advocates warn of the potential for privacy invasive emergency measures to further undermine individual privacy even after the…

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