Author Archives: Samuel Trosow

EU Court of Justice Issues Ruling on Privacy Rights and International Agreements

In a ruling that should have a significant impact on Canada’s privacy policies, the European Court of Justice (Opinion 1-15, July 26, 2017) has held that  the agreement between Canada and the EU on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data cannot be concluded because it violates fundamental privacy rights recognized by the EU […]

Communication to London City Council on NAFTA

There as an item on the London City Council agenda for this coming Tuesday July 25, 2017. It includes a recommendation from the Corporate Services Committee (22nd Report, Item #13): “That the Government of Canada BE SUPPORTED by the City of London by providing information, data, and analysis to inform any trade negotiations with the […]

Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy

Today I made a presentation for Lou D’Alton’s Information Policy class (LIS 9130 in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at UWO) entitled Douez v Facebook: Implications for Canadian Information Policy. I’ve posted the slides here. I believe the decision has important implications beyond the validity of the forum selection clause that was at […]

Submission to NAFTA Consultation

Here is my submission to Global Affairs Canada on the NAFTA Consultation which closes today. (pdf) July 18, 2017 To Global Affairs Canada /Trade Negotiations North America: Thank you for the opportunity to make this submission regarding the development of Canada’s negotiating objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). […]

Review of Internet of Things: Privacy Policies & Terms of Service

Over the past few months I’ve been working with my research team at UWO to compile and analyze Privacy Policies and Terms of Service (ToS) agreements from selected consumer products associated with the Internet of Things (IoT). These new digital products and services include “smart” kitchen appliances, home heating and lighting systems, monitoring devices, children’s […]

SCC Rejects Facebook’s “Choice of Forum” Clause Argument

In a welcome development for online consumers who are often forced to give up important legal rights in click-wrap license agreements, the Supreme Court of Canada has just issued its decision in Douez v. Facebook Inc. (2017 SCC 33) https://www.canlii.org/…/…/doc/2017/2017scc33/2017scc33.html In rejecting Facebook’s claim that the forum selection clause in its terms of service preclude […]

Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities

Lisa Di Valentino will be defending her Ph.D. Dissertation entitled “Laying the Foundation for Copyright Policy and Practice in Canadian Universities” on Tuesday November 29th. The public is invited to her public lecture at 1 pm in 114 North Campus Building on the University of Western Ontario campus. Here is her abstract: Due to significant […]

Is the TPP Dead? And if so, what next?

Several press reports are confirming the Obama administration’s intention to suspend any attempts to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.  Until recently, it appeared as if the administration would seek to enact the measure before the end of this Congressional term. While press coverage has been varied, one recurring theme has been to liken […]

Access to Information and Open Meetings: Toward a Greater Level of Municipal Transparency

What is the relationship between the Open Meeting requirements of the Ontario Municipal Act  and the rules requiring the disclosure of municipal records under the Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Privacy Act (MFIPPA)?  Both of these measures are intended to increase the transparency of municipal governments and provide members of the […]

Submission to London City Council on Secondary Dwelling Units By-Law

Here are the written comments I’ve submitted to the London City Council on the Secondary Dwelling Units by-law that will be going to full Council at their August 30th meeting. . . . . From: Samuel Trosow, <strosow@uwo.ca> To: Members, London City Council Re: Secondary Dwelling Units (OZ-8053); 14th Report of the PEC #23 I’d […]