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McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally. McCarthy publishes a series of blogs to share information with companies to help them comply and manage their businesses. On the Inside Internal Controls blog we will share some of those blog posts sharing their expertise among others, in the areas of Competition/Anti-trust, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Environmental Law, Technology and Litigation. Read more here

Counting down to December 31, 2017 – Don’t forget about your AODA compliance report

A quick reminder that pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (Ontario), Ontario private sector businesses with twenty or more employees are required to file an AODA compliance report every three years. The next deadline is fast approaching – December 31, 2017.

 

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Updated: Nova Scotia passes new cyber-bullying legislation

On October 5, 2017, the Nova Scotia Legislature introduced Bill No. 27, the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act. The Act comes as Nova Scotia’s previous cyber-bullying legislation, the Cyber-safety Act, was struck down in 2015 by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on constitutional challenge.

 

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Facilitation payments now illegal under Canada’s foreign corruption law

On October 31, 2017, the federal government brought into force a pending amendment to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act likely to have a significant impact on many Canadian firms operating abroad. Starting on October 31, so-called “facilitation payments” – payments to low-level government officials to expedite or secure the performance of an act of a routine nature – will be illegal.

 

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Bill 141 – Proposed amendments to the Act respecting the Autorité des marchés financiers with regard to whistleblowing

Following the example of the Ontario Securities Commission, the Authority implemented a whistleblower program in June 2016. Contrary to Ontario, Quebec’s program does not give financial awards to whistleblowers, but it does guarantee a framework that ensures confidentiality and protects whistleblowers against reprisals. However, no legislative amendment guaranteeing these protections has been introduced until now.

 

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Estonian blockchain-based ID card security flaw raises issues about identity

On August 30, 2017, an international team of security researchers notified the Estonian government of a security vulnerability affecting the digital use of Estonian ID cards issued to around half of the Estonian population. Affecting 750,000 ID cards issued to a population of 1.3 million, the Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) has taken measures to restrict some of the ID card’s security features until a permanent solution is found.

 

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BCCA eyes enforceability of restrictive covenant in IRIS appeal

Restrictive covenants are often a key component of employment agreements and commercial transactions. Enforceability, however, can be challenging, especially in the employment context

 

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Competition Bureau releases big data white paper for public comment

The white paper provides useful initial guidance on how the Bureau may apply the existing framework under the Act to various competition considerations related to big data and algorithms that have been examined so far.

 

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Three cybersecurity trends driving the Bank of Canada’s call for cybersecurity to be treated as a ‘public good’

As the level and sophistication of cyber-attacks continue to grow, there will be a mounting pressure on regulators to continue to develop coordinated, meaningful, mandatory minimum standards that are enforceable against all financial institutions and FMIs as well as their service providers.

 

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Government of Ontario issues consultation paper on alternative financial services

The Consultation Paper is one of a series of consultation papers issued by the Government of Ontario following the enactment of Bill C-59, which amended the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 and which addressed various items including payday loans and debt collection.

 

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Major changes to Canada’s export and technology transfer controls coming into force shortly

The Government of Canada has announced that a new version of the Guide to Canada’s Export Controls (the “Guide”) will come into effect on August 11, 2017. The Guide lists the goods and technology subject to export and technology transfer controls.

 

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Owners of private corporations – be aware

On July 18, 2017, the Department of Finance released its much-anticipated consultation paper, “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations”, announced in the 2017 federal budget (the “consultation paper”). The consultation paper, along with the draft legislation released therewith, contain a number of fundamental changes to the taxation of private corporations and family trusts.

 

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Privacy Commissioner’s report on public perception of companies’ privacy practices holds lessons for business

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (“OPC”) recently released a preliminary report outlining the results of a series of focus groups conducted with Canadians about privacy and the protection of personal information.

 

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OSFI issues advisory on use of words “bank”, “banker”, “banking”

On June 30, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (“OSFI”) issued Advisory 2017-01 (the “Advisory”) providing additional guidance on its interpretation of the limitations in the Bank Act (Canada) (the “Bank Act”) on the uses of the words “bank”, “banker” and “banking” and related exceptions.

 

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Update from the Canadian Securities Administrators on its Regulatory Sandbox for Fintechs

The week of June 26, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published some additional information on its CSA Regulatory Sandbox. The CSA Regulatory Sandbox, which was first launched on February 23, 2017, is an initiative of the CSA, designed to support Fintech businesses seeking to offer innovative products, services and applications in Canada.

 

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Internal technology transfer gone wrong: Composite Technologies Inc. v. Shawcor Ltd., 2017 ABCA 160

Intellectual property is transferrable. And you should be careful with how you transfer your IP among your corporate family, especially if it constitutes the principal value in your business – and in your life’s work!

 

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