Using Apps for Contact Tracing: Can We Protect Privacy?

Governments in Canada have yet to officially use phone data to track and trace people who may be infected with COVID-19. However, there has been discussion around using a system in Canada similar to Singapore. In Singapore, the app being used to track and trace people who may have contracted COVID-19 is “TraceTogether”. TraceTogether uses … Continue reading Using Apps for Contact Tracing: Can We Protect Privacy?

Hopkins v Kay, Court of Appeal Decision

The Ontario Court of Appeal released today (February 18) its decision from the December hearing. The appeal dealt with the jurisdiction of the Superior Court to hear “a common law claim for breach of privacy” in a hospital. The Ontario Court of Appeal stated in its decision that “there is no merit to the suggestion that the … Continue reading Hopkins v Kay, Court of Appeal Decision

Hopkins v Kay: Court of Appeal Hearing

(counsel Ian Matthews and Heather Douglas) In Hopkins v Kay, the plaintiffs allege “that approximately 280 patient records of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre were intentionally and wrongfully accessed by the Hospital, Sir Sanford Fleming College and seven employees of the Hospital without the consent of the patients”. http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2014/2014onsc321/2014onsc321.html The Court of Appeal hearing dealt mainly … Continue reading Hopkins v Kay: Court of Appeal Hearing

Candidness and Hard Choices

I’ve just begun reading Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices”. It is a fantastic book! While reading it, I am continuously surprised by her candour. Her detailed account stands in sharp contrast to the Canadian culture of secrecy. A great example of the difference between American and Canadian cultures can be found with the law clerks and … Continue reading Candidness and Hard Choices

Drones: The Next Frontier

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles, which promise exciting business and humanitarian prospects. For example, Amazon plans to deliver packages in the future via drones. Drones also provide the capacity to deliver vaccines and supplies to hard to reach places. However, along with the fantastic business and humanitarian opportunities, drones present a real danger to the privacy … Continue reading Drones: The Next Frontier