Tax Evasion vs. Personal Privacy?

This article takes a look at the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), first signed into law by the US government March 2010, with many provisions beginning January 1, 2014. US and Canadian governments are negotiating the terms, attempting to determine if Ottawa or Canadian financial institutions are responsible for sending banking data on Americans’ offshore accounts worth more than [...]

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Setting a New Standard: Privacy & Web Analytics in Canada

This article examines the Canadian government’s new Standard on Privacy and Web Analytics, which came into effect January 31, 2013, though departments have until 2014 to ensure that the contracts they have with third-party groups to analyze government web traffic also comply with the guidelines. These new regulations will govern the use of data that is gathered when Canadians visit government websites. This represents the first comprehensive guidelines since Ottawa went online almost 20 years [...]

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New eTA Raises Privacy Concerns

This article takes a look at the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program announced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in late 2012. The eTA program requires visitors from visa-exempt countries (most Europeans, Australians and New Zealanders) to complete a personal information form on the CIC website before they board a plane. The questionnaire requires travelers to provide sensitive information and the program is being closely monitored by the Privacy Commissioner of [...]

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Canada’s Veterans & Privacy Violations

This article looks at a series of privacy complaints against Veterans Affairs Canada, the majority of which have been escalated to the federal government privacy commissioner, Jennifer [...]

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Secure Flight & Privacy Rights

The US Secure Flight Program has garnered much public concern and disapproval in Canada, where many Canadians are finding themselves subject to the controversial regulations when flying over US airspace. Aviation security is a high priority issue for the Canadian federal Privacy Commissioner, who earlier this year carried out an investigation of airport security scanners being installed in Canadian airports. While security is an issue in the aviation industry, the Privacy Commissioner, along with other privacy watchdogs, insist that security measures must also respect the privacy and personal dignity of travelers in Canadian [...]

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