Author Archives: Samuel Trosow

How privatized cannabis sales threaten your privacy

by Samuel E. Trosow An overlooked aspect of recreational cannabis legalization in Canada is the privacy implications of the distribution systems, especially in the online environment. The privacy and security risks are substantial, and protecting the online rights of consumers needs more attention. Highly sensitive personal information will be exposed to the risks of redistribution […]

Fighting Doug Ford’s threat to shrink Toronto city council

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to cut Toronto’s city council from 47 to 25 wards, and to cancel regional elections outside of Toronto, has attracted strong opposition. It threatens to create what critics call a state of “civic chaos” because, if passed, The Better Local Government Act would take effect before the upcoming municipal election […]

It’s time to merge Ontario’s two school systems

By Bill Irwin and Samuel Trosow (This article was originally published in The Conversation  Read the original article.)   There is a pressing need to consolidate Ontario’s separate and public school systems. Long ignored by most politicians, this controversial idea deserves a fresh and serious policy discussion — especially now, with the new Ontario government contemplating […]

UnderArmour data breach should raise questions about extent of data collection

This latest breach (as reported in the Washington Post story below)is more evidence that consumers need to have a choice NOT to automatically share their sensitive personal information with the vendors of wearable devices. While at least in this case the company told people about it, we really must wonder if companies like Under Armour […]

BC Court of Appeal overturns injunction against film critical of Vancouver Aquarium

In a case raising serious implications for documentary filmmakers over freedom of expression, contracts and copyright issues, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned an injunction issued by a lower BC provincial court against the distribution of a documentary film made by the defendant Gary Charbonneau. (Vancouver Aquarium v Charboneau, 2017 BCCA 395) Charbonneau created […]

Michael McNally on the New Spectrum Consultation

Here is a guest post written by Michael McNally (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies) about the recently released “Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018 to 2022”: Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, has recently opened a “Consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018 to 2022” (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11333.html).  The Consultation document […]

Joint Letter on Bill C-59

Here is the text of the joint public letter that was sent to the federal government about Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters). The bill seeks to respond to Bill C-51. The letter (which I signed) sets out the concerns of over 40 organizations and individuals. It concludes: “We recognize that Bill C-59 […]

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 […]