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In brief The Canadian Competition Bureau (“Bureau”) has announced a significant initiative to explore the impacts of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on competition in Canada. On 20 March 2024, the Bureau published a discussion paper, entitled “Artificial intelligence and competition” (“Discussion Paper”), and has requested feedback from the public. The Bureau is seeking to better understand how AI can affect competition in Canada. It is also seeking to determine how it can better prepare to address…

On November 17, 2020, Canada introduced new federal privacy legislation, Bill C-11, to codify the framework introduced by the government’s Digital Charter, which proposed enhancements to Canadian privacy laws in response to the rapidly expanding online economy. If adopted, new legislation, the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (“CPPA”), will effectively replace the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act as Canada’s main privacy law and create one of the strictest data protection regimes in the world,…

On May 1, 2020, the Province of Alberta launched ABTraceTogether, an Android and iOS compatible contact tracing app users voluntarily download for tracing and notifying users who may have been exposed to COVID-19. ABTraceTogether is used by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to supplement manual contact tracing completed by public health officials. ABTraceTogether was announced just prior to the issuance in May 2020 of joint guidance by the federal and provincial privacy commissioners…

On January 17, 2017, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “Commission”) published Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2017-11 (Application of regulatory obligations directly to non-carriers offering and providing telecommunications services) (“Policy 2017-11”).Under Policy 2017-11, the Commission directed resellers (also known as non-carriers), as a condition of offering and providing any telecommunications services in Canada, to abide by all applicable existing consumer safeguard obligations set out in Policy 2017-11, including the obligation to register with the…

On Monday, May 15, 2017, representatives from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) provided an update on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) at a program hosted by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). The program was chaired and moderated by Baker McKenzie’s J. Andrew Sprague.This article focuses on some of the insightful statistics provided by CRTC staff as well as some of the International partnerships the CRTC has entered into.A future article will cover some of…

A large Canadian media company has agreed to pay C$200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL). The company allegedly failed, among other things, to include unsubscribe mechanisms in certain commercial emails and to honour certain unsubscribe requests within 10 business days, as required by the law, in the period July 2014 to July 2015. The undertaking, dated November 20, 2015, is the fourth public CASL-related enforcement action…