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2011

Government anti-spam website offers tips for businesses, organizations and individuals awaiting regulations

The federal government has introduced a website dedicated to its new anti-spam law, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. The website, Fightspam.gc.ca, describes the provisions of the law and its purposes, and outlines how organizations and individuals can make sure they abide by the law and protect themselves from spam and other electronic threats.

 

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Anonymous blogger – reveal thyself!

In a recent decision from the Ontario courts, a judge has ordered an anonymous blogger to reveal his or her identity to the plaintiff, so the plaintiff can sue them for defamation. There is only one catch: how does one go about enforcing such order?

 

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A new age of records retention: good policy more than worth the effort

There are a number of potentially troublesome issues associated with retaining records. For example: there are storage and privacy concerns; organizations must ensure they keep records secure in accordance with relevant privacy laws. At the same time, organizations might not have considered the self-incriminating information that records might hold, and they will want to ensure they don’t keep potentially incriminating records any longer than the law requires.

 

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Need to know: privacy commissioner’s report on pressing online privacy issues

In 2010, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada conducted consultations on current privacy issues, including online tracking, profiling, targeting and cloud computing. The office released its report on the consultations earlier this year, and it’s available online.

 

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Ontario government releases plan to help not-for-profit organizations

Over eight months in 2010, the Ontario government consulted with not-for-profit organizations and their representatives on ways that the government could better support the NFP sector. “Participants advised on legislation, policies, structural issues and funding mechanisms. They also contributed ideas on how to better coordinate policy, research and communication with and for the sector.”

 

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Audit errors at public company lead to substantial fine and other penalties

“Never before has it been so challenging to stay current.”

I’m sure that’s a sentiment you can understand; but with respect to accounting, it’s especially crucial.

 

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Fruits of the city – an example of shared value

Shared value is a different way of looking at CSR that offers a view to the possibility of inherent social responsibility, and the great potential that it offers to people and their economies. That potential lies in serving un- or underserved communities, of which there are many. For example, services directed at specific ethnic groups and immigrants, or hyper-local businesses that understand and meet their communities’ needs better than faceless franchises.

 

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Angry bloggers beware! – Your anonymity is not guaranteed… unless you defame a politician

One year ago, I wrote about the Canadian courts’ trend of ordering Internet service providers or website operators to reveal the identity of anonymous bloggers, when it is alleged that the bloggers had defamed the plaintiff. A recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, suggests that, when the plaintiff is a politician, the bloggers may continue to remain anonymous.

 

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New Conference Board of Canada risk newsletter

Speaking of risk management…

 

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Online security – not just for big business

Surely you’ve heard about the major security and data breaches that Sony has experienced this year. It’s bad. It’s a liability. Despite the popularity of their online services, they’ll have to work hard to regain customers’ loyalty. Other big names have experienced similar attacks.

 

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Canadian charity law checklist features compliance issues

Charity and non-profit lawyer Mark Blumberg offers a compliance checklist for Canadian charities via the GlobalPhilanthropy.ca charity assistance project.

 

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Renegotiating value and values – do we have a choice?

Last month I read about the death of corporate social responsibility. Now, I’ve come across the concept of “shared value”, which seems like a more thorough expression of the promise of CSR.

 

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The Facebook bullying case – Part II

In May 2011, I wrote about a case from Nova Scotia which I referred to as the “Facebook Bullying Case”. This case involves a teenage girl who was bullied and defamed on a fake Facebook page. To address this problem, her parents brought an application…

 

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What’s that you say? Bar association releases plain language guide

When a guide to using legal jargon in everyday life offers as its first tip, “Familiarize yourself with Latin”, I’m pretty sure there’s a problem.

 

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Corporate social responsibility is dead!

Some organizations might be happy to hear that, but it’s not what you think. According to some, corporate social responsibility (CSR) was never more than a stopgap measure that allowed unsustainable companies to clothe themselves in robes of virtue.

 

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