OPC Publishes Advice on Privacy Settings

On March 5, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ("OPC") published advice for users when choosing privacy settings for social media sites or other online services, mobile devices and mobile applications, home digital assistants, wearables, and online games. The OPC cautioned that privacy settings do not ensure privacy protection but instead help users increase control over how their personal information is handled online.

OPC Revises Policy Position on Transborder Data Flows

On April 23, the OPC revised its policy position on transborder data flows under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. The OPC stated that organizations must obtain individual consent when disclosing personal information across a border, and the disclosing organization remains accountable for that information after its transfer. When determining the form of consent, the organization should consider the sensitivity of the information and individuals' reasonable expectations.

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