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Ontario moves towards introducing new privacy law

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Given global trends in the development of privacy laws and enforcement, Canada and several provinces are looking at modernizing their respective privacy regimes. Ontario’s new proposed privacy law, which would govern commercial activities more broadly than current legislation (i.e., our federal legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and Ontario’s health privacy legislation, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)), is intended to enhance the public’s confidence in Ontario’s digital economy by recognizing individuals’ fundamental right to privacy and imposing strict compliance obligations and financial penalties on organizations doing business in Ontario.

On June 17, 2021, the … Continue Reading

Ontario Court of Appeal finds patients’ common law privacy rights not preempted by statute; allows class action to proceed

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In a recent case involving a breach of patients’ privacy rights — Hopkins v Kay,[i] — the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a proposed class action could proceed based on allegations of violation of patients’ common law privacy rights, concluding that those rights were not preempted by the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Specifically, the court determined that PHIPA is not a “complete code” and therefore did not “oust” the plaintiff’s common law tort claim for breach of privacy (the tort of intrusion upon seclusion). Hopkins provides important guidance in the fields of privacy law and class … Continue Reading

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